- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On February 16, 2012
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- David Ferreira, Features
If you are a MLS fan (and I’m sure you are if you read this blog), there are a couple things that should make you happy. One is the pending return of Seattle Sounders midfielder Steve Zakuani, the other is of the 2010 MLS MVP from FC Dallas, David Ferreira.
To do a little recap, last season when FC Dallas visited the Vancouver Whitecaps for the first time, the club saw their big season get hit with a major injury when Ferreira went to the ground after a tackle from Jonathan Leathers. The fall to the turd broke the former MVP’s ankle and caused him to miss the rest of the 2011 regular season.
Ferreira has been working hard to get back to full strength and finally has the green light from the doctors.
The Colombian visited team doctors on Wednesday to evaluate the progress of his fractured ankle. Though Ferreira has yet to appear in any FC Dallas’ scrimmages or exhibitions this preseason, the prognosis is good for the Colombian midfielder.
“He went to one of our doctors today and was assured that everything is fine with his ankle and that there’s gonna be some pain,” said manager Schellas Hyndman following the team’s 4-0 exhibition victory over SMU on Wednesday evening. “It may never get back to the way it was, and he may just have to understand that the pain is gonna be there.”
“The more he plays, the less he’s gonna feel the pain,” said Hyndman. “I think it was very reassuring for him, and his comment was ‘hey, I want to play tonight’, which we wouldn’t do. I think now he’s at that point of saying, ‘hey, I need to get out there and play.’”
Ferreira and Dallas head to Orlando for the Disney Pro Soccer Classic tournament next week. I would expect that will be the first time Ferreira steps back on the field.
This is big news for Dallas and their hopes for this season. If Ferreira can return to full health this season and contribute the way he did in 2010, you have to expect this club to be in contention yet again out in the Western Conference. Given how deep that conference is looking for this season, having him back at full strength will be a major pick-up for Dallas going into this season.