In a league like MLS where so much of success is predicated on how you play at the end of the season, you don't often have game changing moments in the sixth game of the year. However, the FC Dallas 2011 campaign would change drastically on the fateful day in Vancouver as Whitecaps right back Jonathan Leathers tackled league MVP David Ferreira near the corner flag, breaking his ankle in the process ending the Colombian's season.
For Ferreira, it was the first major injury of his career and a real hammerblow to the FC Dallas season. Ferreira, signed to a Designated Player contract in the offseason, was coming off one of the best seasons in team history. The Colombian tallied 8 goals and 13 assists, but more importantly had 2 goals and 3 assists on the 6 goals Dallas scored in the 2010 MLS Cup run.
Ferreira had adapted to the league, fits perfectly in his role in the Dallas 4-1-4-1 system, and was the one player Dallas couldn't stand to do without. However, they would have to figure things out without Ferreira and while they would go on an amazing run after losing the MVP, his absence would eventually catch up to the team. A mix of Ricardo Villar and Daniel Cruz in the attacking midfielder role failed to produce any results down the stretch with Dallas crashing out of all competitions in a disappointing run to the end of 2011.
FCD will need Ferreira to return to his 2010 level if they want to get back to the level of MLS elite. He is rumored to be staying in Dallas this offseason in hopes of coming into 2012 at top form.
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