The Michael Johnson Performance Center was opened in 2007 by President and Founder Michael Johnson, a four-time Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter. Johnson, a native of Dallas, wanted to create a facility that focused on performance training and increasing an athlete's speed, agility, power, flexibility and quickness. The Center's primary focus group is athletes between the ages of 10 and 18 years old, but it also caters to college and professional athletes.
FC Dallas first saw the benefit of using MJP for its performance and conditioning training after several players using MJP for supplemental training saw great results. The decision to join forces was an easy one -- and now, the partnership is a lasting one. In May 2011, MJP and FC Dallas signed a three-year partnership to continue providing players with world class performance training.
FCD makes two trips out to MJP each week to work with its coaches on regeneration and preparation training. MJP sends a coach out to FC Dallas Stadium every day as part of their training program. MJP also has a coach at every FCD home game to conduct warm-ups.
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For more information about the Michael Johnson Performance Center, visit our website or call us at 469-424-6572.
The Michael Johnson Performer of the Match is awarded to the player who most embodies the elite athleticism, determination and work ethic that the Michael Johnson Performance Center stands for. At the end of the year the player with the most Performer of the Match awards will be named the Performer of the Season. Previous winners include Kenny Cooper in 2008, Jeff Cunningham in 2009, MLS MVP David Ferreira in 2010, Brek Shea in 2011 and Blas Perez in 2012.
2013 Michael Johnson Performer of the Season: Blas Perez
Performance Summary: Following up on his 2012 Performer of the Season win, Blas Perez becomes the first two-time Performer of the Season after reclaiming the honor in 2013. Perez led FC Dallas in scoring with 11 goals on the season and the Panamanian international also chipped in three assists. The feat of eclipsing his goal total from last season is even more impressive considering Super Raton also had to balance a considerable amount of national team duty through World Cup Qualifying and Panama's run to this year's Gold Cup final.
WATCH: Perez scores his 11th goal of the season for FC Dallas
2013 Michael Johnson Performers of the Match:
|Date||Opponent||Performer of the Match|
|March 2, 2013||Colorado Rapids||Jackson|
|March 10, 2013||Chivas USA||David Ferreira|
|March 17, 2013||Houston Dynamo||Michel|
|March 23, 2013||Real Salt Lake||Jackson|
|March 30, 2013||New England Revolution||Raul Fernandez|
|April 6, 2013||Toronto FC||Andrew Jacobson|
|April 13, 2013||LA Galaxy||George John|
|April 20, 2013||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||Blas Perez|
|April 27, 2013||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||Matt Hedges|
|May 8, 2013||Portland Timbers FC||Fabian Castillo|
|May 11, 2013||D.C. United||Jackson|
|May 18, 2013||Seattle Sounders FC||Michel|
|May 25, 2013||San Jose Earthquakes||Raul Fernandez|
|June 1, 2013||Colorado Rapids||Blas Perez|
|June 15, 2013||Portland Timbers FC||Raul Fernandez|
|June 22, 2013||Sporting Kansas City||Walker Zimmerman|
|June 29, 2013||Philadelphia Union||Blas Perez|
|July 4, 2013||Chivas USA||Raul Fernandez|
|July 7, 2013||LA Galaxy||Matt Hedges|
|July 13, 2013||Real Salt Lake||Fabian Castillo|
|July 20, 2013||Montreal Impact||Zach Loyd|
|August 3, 2013||Seattle Sounders FC||Mauro Diaz|
|August 11, 2013||LA Galaxy||Blas Perez|
|August 17, 2013||Portland Timbers FC||Mauro Diaz|
|August 21, 2013||Chivas USA||David Ferreira|
|August 24, 2013||San Jose Earthquakes||Blas Perez|
|September 7, 2013||Vancouver Whitecaps FC||Mauro Diaz|
|September 14, 2013||Colorado Rapids||Jair Benitez|
|September 22, 2013||New York Red Bulls||Matt Hedges|
|September 29, 2013||Columbus Crew||Mauro Diaz|
|October 5, 2013||Real Salt Lake||Kenny Cooper|
|October 12, 2013||Chicago Fire||Kenny Cooper|
|October 19, 2013||Seattle Sounders FC||Michel|
|October 26, 2013||San Jose Earthquakes||Stephen Keel|
Past Michael Johnson Performers of the Season:
|Year||Performer of the Year|