David Ferreira

Former MLS MVP David Ferreira signs in Colombia

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There was a time when David Ferreira’s vision and ability to hold the ball under pressure drove FC Dallas to a place it had never been: into the MLS Cup final.

That was 2010, the year Ferreira also gained his highest individual achievement, the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

Then again, there was a time (a far more recent time) when Ferreira more or less got his manager fired. That was last year as then-FCD coach Schellas Hyndman stuck with his playmaker way too long, depending on the old Ferreira to re-emerge – and probably damaging his relationship with other players along the way. After all, the men on the field saw that Ferreira was a shell of his former self, as the legs had seemed to go oh-so-quickly.

The two Ferreiras were miles apart.

Technically, the Colombian playmaker, 34, could have signed with another MLS club (although surely at a reduced rate) after Dallas declined his option in December.

That’s not going to happen; now comes word that Ferreira has signed with Colombia’s Independiente de Santa Fe

FC Dallas declines option of former league MVP David Ferreira

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We don’t know who is making the personnel decisions around Toyota Stadium, but someone certainly just made a big one.

The club announced late Monday that it has declined David Ferreira’s option, meaning the league’s 2010 MVP will go through the league’s re-entry process. Midfielders Ramon Nunez and Erick also had their options declined as the rebuilding goes on around the formerly named FC Dallas Stadium, but Ferreira is the big DP name.

Ferreira, Daniel Hernandez and goalkeeper Kevin Hartman formed the spine of Dallas’ 2010 MLS Cup runner-up side. That same year the team’s Colombian playmaker won the Major League Soccer’s top individual award.

But Ferreira, 34, has been mostly injured and in decline since. His numbers remained adequate this year, with 3 goals and a team-leading 9 assists.

But “adequate” isn’t good enough for a figure that the club builds around, which was the case with Ferreira. He became increasingly immobile as the season went on, unable or unwilling to do the tracking, and demanding of the ball when he wasn’t any more effective with it than others.

Schellas Hyndman’s continued faith in Ferreira contributed to the manager losing his job near season’s end, as FC Dallas and its broken midfield failed to make the playoffs for a second consecutive season.

This does beg the question about who is making the personnel calls. Presumably it’s technical director Fernando Clavijo, with assistance from owner Dan Hunt, who has been increasingly involved with the club’s day-to-day management since former club president Doug Quinn left in a rather unpleasant bit of business.

Whoever it is, the dry erase board is being cleared. Building blocks still in place include striker Blaz Perez, center backs George John and Matt Hedges and goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.

Seattle’s Clint Dempsey apparently escapes disciplinary action

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Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee has handed out its weekly fines and suspensions, and a couple of things need saying here. First the facts. From MLS this afternoon:

The MLS Disciplinary Committee has fined FC Dallas midfielders Jackson and David Ferreira for unprofessional conduct detrimental to the image of the League during halftime of their October 19 game against Seattle Sounders FC (VIDEO).

The Committee also has determined that Toronto FC violated the League’s mass confrontation policy in the 63rd minute of their October 19 game against the Chicago Fire (VIDEO). Toronto FC are fined $5,000 and Head Coach Ryan Nelsen is fined $1,000 because this is the club’s third infraction this year.

The “big unsaid” here is that Clint Dempsey has been let off the hook for kicking Dallas Peter Luccin on Saturday. As we said yesterday, it was a tough call, but players can and have been disciplined for doing something quite similar.

(MORE: MLS Disciplinary Committee has a tough decision on Dempsey)

It has happened that Major League Soccer’s disciplinary committee issues a fine or suspension but doesn’t announce it, pending the appeals process. So, there is a tiny chance something is coming later – but probably not. In those cases, MLS typically waits until later in the week, so as to announce any and all fines and suspensions at once. So, again, Dempsey is apparently available for this week’s important LA Galaxy visit to CenturyLink.

Also worth saying here: Jackson and Ferreira are lucky to have remained on the field. If the referee sees this silly thing going on (check out the video here), he has the authority to eject both, which would have left Dallas two men down in a match that it eventually won over Seattle.

Finally, this: the mass confrontation thing in MLS is all over the place. What qualifies as mass confrontation today may not tomorrow. So what’s the point?

And besides that, if MLS really wants to stamp out this bush league stuff, the operative word will be “suspension,” and not “fine.”

Because, while a $1,000 fine may pinch a little for a manager, it’s not really a deterrent. Nor is a $5,000 fine for a club. In fact, that doesn’t even come close.

They are brawling in Texas! FCD players … with each other, that is (video)

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FRISCO, Texas – Soon enough, the brothers who run Hunt Sports Group, Dan and Clark Hunt, will convene to begin sorting through candidates to replace Schellas Hyndman. Hyndman resigned this week, effective at season’s end.

One of the first tasks for the new boss will be to get the locker room right. Clearly, things aren’t right.

Even if you accept that locker room chemistry had nothing to do with the team’s dreadful collapse through the summer – from top point producer in the league in May to out of the playoffs with two games remaining – then it was all there to see on a sunny Saturday afternoon in Texas.

David Ferreira, the league’s MVP three years ago as FC Dallas went to the MLS Cup, final, and Brazilian midfielder Jackson had to be separated as the teams went into the tunnel at halftime.

Ferreira has become a polarizing figure around Toyota Stadium, still playing regularly despite significantly decreased mobility and, if we’re honest, not much effectiveness.

Above are the bizarre scenes from Toyota Stadium … in a match, don’t forget, that FC Dallas actually won!

(MORE: Are Seattle’s playoffs chances vanishing before our eyes)

 

The playoff scene tonight in MLS; Dallas on the brink

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The limited schedule of Major League Soccer matches this weekend means limited possibilities where official qualification and elimination are concerned for Round 33. But there is something, at least, that can happen tonight in terms of putting those telling indicator marks next to another club in the official standings.

(The schedule during FIFA dates really should be less than “limited,” it should be eliminated entirely – but we’ve banged that old pot until it’s all dented and barely recognizable as content cookware, so let’s just move on …)

Dallas’ season will be on the brink when Schellas Hydman’s team meets Chicago at Toyota Stadium outside Dallas. Anything but all three points tonight against Frank Klopas’ Fire and its curtains on FCD’s playoff hopes for this year. Hyndman’s team has not won a playoff match since 2010, when it went to the MLS Cup final.

It’s almost certainly academic, anyway; Dallas, currently eighth in the West, would need to win out (three matches remaining) and then have lots of results fall its way to somehow find its way into the 10-team “second season” field.

FCD actually has an OK team right now; not great, but OK. But it took too long to get here.

Management didn’t have it right to begin with, with woefully insufficient midfield depth. They’ve never quite gotten the Fabian Castillo riddle solved (so much raw talent, so little command of how to use it) and they kept an ineffective David Ferreira in the lineup too long. All that led to dropped points. Further, if Blas Perez isn’t around (he’s not this weekend, again) then the forward spot becomes a problem.

The team’s summer additions have helped … but this is Exhibit A of how you need to get it right (or get close, at least) in January and February, not in July and August.