And the winner of MLS MVP is David Ferreira…
The name slipped off of the ESPN reporters tongue with such unfamiliarity that it sounded like it was as challenging a pronunciation as Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Oakland A’s or Michael Hoomanawanui of the St. Louis Rams. How could somebody that had accomplished something so great this year not be known to the world?
Perhaps it is because Ferreira has only been a member of the league for two seasons and last year his side didn’t even make the postseason. Also Ferreira doesn’t speak English, has never played for an extended period of time in Europe, and doesn’t play for a renowned national team in the last ten years. Ferreira hails from Colombia where he has played on the national team since 2001 and won the Copa America with the squad in 2001.
But perhaps the real reason why most main stream soccer fans do not know Ferreira is because he is not officially a member of Dallas’ team. Ferreira is actually a loaned out player from Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense. The small attacking midfielder has played with the club since 2005 and started in 175 of 179 matches during his time as a member of the starting XI. But following four to five years of service, the club loaned the Colombian-born footballer to the MLS and in very little time Ferreira has found a home with Dallas.
The midfielder scored 8 goals this season with 13 assists. That total was good enough to narrowly beat out 2nd place Edson Buddle of the Los Angeles Galaxy and 3rd place Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes. Ferreira was only voted for the honor by 20% of the voters, but the total was good enough in his second season in the league. The Colombian midfielder has a chance to win his franchise’s first MLS Cup tomorrow against Colorado as well. If Ferreira pulls off this feat then he will only be the fourth player in league history to win the MVP and the MLS Cup in the same season.