Ferreira nears club assist record
FRISCO, Texas — With seven goals and 12 assists, David Ferreira has clearly been the engine running the FCD attack during a memorable season. Ferreira’s 12 assists put him just three short of the FCD franchise record of 15, set by Jason Kreis back in his MLS MVP winning campaign of 1999.
With four games remaining in the 2010 season, Ferreira could very well tie or eclipse Kreis’ mark.
“It’s important, but it’s not something that I’m thinking about. I’m just concentrating on getting good results and, if consequently, I get some assists and points in the games [that would be great],” Ferreira said through an interpreter. “That’s what I’m doing right now, just playing.”
For FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman, the fact his central attacking midfielder is so close to tying Kreis’ record assist total speaks volumes about how crucial Ferreira has been to FCD since joining the club before the 2009 season.
“It doesn’t surprise me that he would be up for any and all of the records because of durability [and] how much of an effect he has on the team,” said Hyndman. “Whether it’s an assist, scoring a clutch goal, coming back and throwing his body in when they had a free kick, he’s just a complete player. So, nothing surprises me.
“He’s our engine. He’s what makes us work and he helps all the other moving parts do well.”
Current FCD broadcaster and front office employee Bobby Rhine was a teammate of Kreis’ on that 1999 Dallas Burn team. He also finds it impressive that Ferreira is nearing his ex-teammate’s franchise mark for assists.
“I remember that  season specifically for how good Jason was. But to see what this team is doing this year and the impact of [Ferreira] – he’s involved in so many of the positive things going forward in the attack for Dallas,” Rhine said. “He is absolutely an MVP candidate and deserves to be so.”
Rhine also added that there’s no doubt about the stature Ferreira has built in less than two years in Frisco.
“Dallas doesn’t have a Designated Player but they have a designated star in David Ferreira. He’s fantastic and really makes the big plays at big moments in big games,” he said. “That’s what a championship-winning side needs and David’s the guy that does that. I think it’s very special.”