FC Dallas appear to have gotten their man. For good.
Reigning MLS MVP David Ferreira, who was on loan from Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense, agreed to a multi-year deal with Dallas, the club announced on Wednesday morning.
“I’ve always said that I felt great with this team,” Ferreira said in a statement released by the club. “I felt like I was at home. The support of the coaching staff was very important in the confidence it gave me when I was on the field. That’s why I wanted to remain with the team.”
Feeling at home certainly helped Ferreira enjoy a season to remember in 2010. The Colombian scored 8 goals and added 13 assists—good for second in the league—on his way to being named the 2010 Volkswagen MLS MVP. He was also named to the league Best XI as he led FCD to the first MLS Cup appearance in their 15-year history.
“He’s MVP of the league and a guy that really was one of the key parts of our team finding the success to be in the MLS championship game," FCD coach Schellas Hyndman said. "How do you keep a guy like that because there are obviously a lot of offers out there? I really thank ownership for stepping up and doing what we needed to do to keep him in an FC Dallas uniform."
Best of David Ferreira in 2010
Ferreira and the rest of his FCD teammates will start preseason practice on Monday, Jan. 31. Even though he took plenty of knocks in 2010, Hyndman didn’t tell him to take any extra time off to recoup after such a long season.
“No, we didn’t even address it,” Hydnman said. “I told them to take a much-needed break and have the same intensity once we start preseason. I know David went home to Colombia to spend time with his family and his wife’s family. I know he’s anxious to get back because the kids are going to be going back to school.”
“He was a vital part of our team and our success this year. He’s worth every penny, whatever it is," FCD captain Daniel Hernandez said. 'I’m glad they were able to get him back because our team wouldn’t have had that success without him."