FRISCO, Texas - FC Dallas may add another midfielder to its ranks by picking Manuel Ferriol with its third pick (40th overall) in the second round of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft.
“I’m so happy for the opportunity that (FC Dallas) has given me,” Ferriol said. “They (FCD coaching staff) called me right before they picked me and told me about all the confidence they have in me. I just can’t wait to go there and get to work for the preseason.”
Ferriol hails from Valencia, Spain and trained in the youth academy of Levante UD in La Liga before coming stateside to play for James Madison University. He enjoyed four seasons at JMU, scoring 30 goals and adding 10 assists in 46 starts. His senior year, Ferriol was named as a CSN First Team All-American, ECAC Offensive Player of the Year, First Team All-CAA and 2019 CAA Player of the Year.
“Manuel is a player that we feel has a high soccer IQ and good brain,” said Luchi Gonzalez. “He has speed in decision-making and has the technique to execute high-level ideas. We think he can play the No. 10 or 8, and he can play the pass through to feet and find the open player. He has the ability, the talent and technique to score himself. We feel he is going to contribute to our style of play and he is a great fit for his profile.”
A typical forward-thinking midfielder, Ferriol will have to compete in a crowded FC Dallas that includes Homegrowns Jesus Ferreira and Paxton Pomykal—both who experienced breakout seasons in 2019 and recently signed long-term contracts.
However, Ferriol has experience playing in all three midfield roles – the No. 10, 8 and 6 – and that ability could prove helpful for Dallas should injuries take their toll over the 34-game season.
“I’ve been playing at the No. 10 for the last four years at JMU,” Ferriol said. “But I’ve been playing my whole life as a No. 6 or 8, so I can basically play anywhere in the midfield. I just want to do my best to improve the team and get better.
“I know I have to keep working, especially on the defensive aspect of my game. But hopefully going into the preseason, FC Dallas will help me improve.”
While Ferriol will face stiff competition for midfield spots in his rookie season, the Spaniard vows to give 100% regardless of playing time.
“I’m a very passionate guy and I’m going to give everything I have for the jersey. If I get minutes in MLS or I don’t, I’ll give everything I have in practice every day.”