NEW YORK (Friday, November 19, 2010) – FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira is the 2010 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player, as voted by MLS players, coaches and general managers, and media. Ferreira scored eight goals and recorded 13 assists during the 2010 regular season, serving as a key element in Dallas’ return to the MLS Cup Playoffs after a two-year absence.
FC Dallas midfielder David Ferreira named 2010 Volkswagen MLS MVP
The Colombian international has a goal and three assists during the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs. Ferreira’s goal proved to be the game-winner against the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference Championship, advancing FC Dallas to the first MLS Cup final in the club’s 15-year history.
Although Ferreira finished the regular season as the most fouled player in the league with 84 fouls suffered, he still played every game, missing just one minute all year.
Since joining FC Dallas from Clube Atletico Paranaense of Brazil at the beginning of last season, Ferreira has tallied 16 goals and 20 assists while appearing in all 60 regular season FC Dallas games through 2009 and 2010.
Ferreira was named to his first MLS All-Star team this season, playing 45 minutes against Manchester United in the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star game on July 28. He was also named to the 2010 MLS Best XI.
Ferreira and FC Dallas to take on the Colorado Rapids in MLS Cup 2010 on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 8:30 p.m. ET
Ferreira and FC Dallas will face the Colorado Rapids in MLS Cup 2010 on Sunday, Nov. 21 at BMO Field in Toronto. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN, Galavision, and TSN2 starting at 8:30 p.m. (ET).
Ferreira edged out the LA Galaxy forward Edson Buddle and 2010 Budweiser Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski of the San Jose Earthquakes for the League’s top individual honor. Percentages of the total vote for the top five candidates are below:
Player Team Percentage of total vote
David Ferreira DAL 20.0%
Edson Buddle LA 18.3%
Chris Wondolowski SJ 14.6%
Landon Donovan LA 11.9%
Sebastien Le Toux PHI 8.9%
All-Time MLS Most Valuable Players:
2010: David Ferreira – FC Dallas
2009: Landon Donovan – LA Galaxy
2008: Guillermo Barros Schelotto – Columbus Crew
2007: Luciano Emilio – D.C. United
2006: Christian Gomez – D.C. United
2005: Taylor Twellman – New England Revolution
2004: Amado Guevara – MetroStars
2003: Preki – Kansas City Wizards
2002: Carlos Ruiz – Los Angeles Galaxy
2001: Alex Pineda Chacon – Miami Fusion
2000: Tony Meola – Kansas City Wizards
1999: Jason Kreis – Dallas Burn
1998: Marco Etcheverry – D.C. United
1997: Preki – Kansas City Wizards
1996: Carlos Valderrama – Tampa Bay Mutiny