Heading into Wednesday’s scrimmage between FC Dallas and the United States Under-23 team, there were two things FCD fans wanted to see. One, they wanted to see how Brek Shea performed for the U-23s and two, they wondered how 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira would look in his 2012 preseason debut? Shea’s performance and eventual expulsion have already been thoroughly discussed, but let’s talk about “El Torito” and his return to the pitch.
Ferreira came on for Andrew Wiedeman about 10 minutes before halftime and only had several touches over that time frame. However, after telling FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman he was comfortable with starting the second half, Ferreira was back out there and that’s when flashes of the old David started to show.
“I was really excited and it felt really good to get back out on the field. I’m glad that I’m finally back,” Ferreira said through a translator. “Happy, content and really excited. It was great to get back out there on the field of play, need to keep going.”
While there were flashes of his old MVP form, especially a long ball to fellow Colombian Fabian Castillo early in the second half, there was still some rust. And while some were quick to say he’s back, a small sample of size of just 22 minutes does not mean he is officially back to his old self. We should know in the next week or so if Ferreira is going to be able to return to his MVP form of just two seasons ago or if he’ll be a mere shell of his former self, which is still a pretty good player.
Of course, none of this is lost on the affable Colombian playmaker. “The team is getting better. We’re still not 100 percent,” Ferreira said. “It’s going to take some time but we still have a lot of games to play to get our match fitness.” And the same goes for his own personal fitness level going forward. “I’m still not 100 percent but I’m getting better every day. I can’t wait to get back to my level,” he said.
Only time will tell if indeed he can return to that level because make no mistake about it, no player is more crucial to FCD’s 2012 aspirations than one David Ferreira. If he’s not the same player he was two seasons ago, then this will once again be a club that could struggle to score goals, even with the off-season addition of Blas Perez and a team that might find itself on the outside looking in when it comes to the MLS playoffs.