TORONTO - FC Dallas' Colombia midfielder
David Ferreira was voted Major League Soccer's most valuable
player on Friday.
He got 20 percent of the votes in a poll of players,
coaches, general managers and media to beat Los Angeles Galaxy
forward Edson Buddle who received 18.3 percent.
San Jose Earthquakes Golden Boot winner Chris Wondolowski
was third followed by last year's MVP Galaxy's Landon Donovan.
"When you arrive as a new player in a new league you have to
acclimatise yourself to the team," the diminutive Ferreira told
reporters through an interpreter. "When I got here I was very
surprised, I never realised it was such a fast league.
"I think, if not already, it will be one of the best
league's in the world."
Ferreira, who has 35 caps for his country, scored eight
goals and got assists on 13 to help Dallas reach Sunday's MLS
Cup final against Colorado Rapids.
Since joining FC Dallas from Clube Atletico Paranaense of
Brazil at the beginning of last season, Ferreira has netted 16
goals and tallied 20 assists.
Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said: "In 2005 I was in Brazil
and saw him play and the first thing that went through my mind
was, why would (a club in) Brazil, of all countries, go to
Colombia to find a playmaker. It didn't take me long to
recognise why he was so important.
"So when I became the coach he was the first player I went
after," added Hyndman.
"He's not a very big man but he is completely solid, we call
him the 'Little Bull'. He's quick, he fights and I think he has
missed just one minute all season and that was when I took him
out (of a game).
"David Ferreira is gifted and he is a competitor."
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