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.