The near month-long winter camp was pivotal for Ferreira and Servania in particular. The Homegrown duo made their international debuts on Saturday, Feb. 1 against Costa Rica at Dignity Health Sports Park.
“There were a lot of emotions going through my head,” said Ferreira, who received his first senior call-up just weeks after earning his U.S. citizenship in December. “There were long weeks of paperwork and trying to figure out what decisions were going to be made, and at the end of it, I got to make my debut so I was happy.”
Having played in the USMNT youth system since the U-18s, Servania’s path to the senior side was more straightforward, but no less special.
“Obviously I was super excited, proud to be able to represent the jersey,” the 20-year-old said. “[There were] a lot of emotions. I’m just happy make my debut and hopefully there’s more to come.
“The youth camps are a build-up, a pathway to make it to the Men’s National Team. To get that call-up was an amazing feeling.”
Although it was the pair’s first senior camp, there were plenty of familiar faces to ease the transition. Fellow FCD midfielder Paxton Pomykal participated in the camp for two weeks until returning to Frisco to continue his rehab after undergoing groin surgery in the offseason. Still, the presence of two friends and Dallas teammates added to the moment's significance.
“It was an amazing experience all around,” Servania said. “Being with Reggie and Jesús, guys that I’ve been since the Academy, it was crazy to share that experience with them. It was amazing.”
For Cannon, who made his own USMNT debut in October of 2018, the camp was another chance to stake his claim as head coach Gregg Berhalter’s first choice right back. The 21-year-old rose to national team prominence during the 2019 Gold Cup, starting the semifinal and final. Since that tournament, Cannon has started four of the U.S.’s seven games (plus another sub appearance).
Still, Cannon understands he faces stiff competition to keep his starting role.
“I feel like I’m challenging (DeAndre) Yedlin and Sergiño (Dest) and making it hard for Gregg (Berhalter) to not call me to that position,” Cannon said. “I see them playing in the Premier League and with Ajax, that’s a big deal. So I feel like I have to keep challenging myself and pushing myself to get to that level. I always try to adapt my game and I’m always learning and growing. Obviously Sergiño and Yedlin are super talents but eventually I’ll be the best I can be.”
Now, with their international exploits over for the time being, the trio must shift their focus to FC Dallas and preseason. The team faces last season’s Supporters’ Shield winners Los Angeles FC in a friendly on Thursday, Feb. 6. Despite the quick turnaround, Cannon, Ferreira and Servania are excited to be back with the squad.
“I’m happy to be back and see the same faces and some new faces,” Ferreira said. “We’re just trying to adapt. They’d already started training, and we’re coming in midweek and we have a game in three days. So, just come in and try to adapt and do our best.”
“FC Dallas has always been really accommodating with me coming back in and integrating me really quickly,” Cannon added. “The intensity of the trainings is always the same as the national team's. But it was a pretty quick adaptation, especially with Gregg and Luchi’s tactics being similar. A lot of things are easy to switch in and out and I’m trying to help Jesus and Brandon integrate as quickly as I have. I think it’s going to be a very positive year for FC Dallas—a big year.”