FC Dallas stand firm as America de Cali woo Ferreira
Colombian side América de Cali have opened their doors wide open for a potential return of former star David Ferreira, but FC Dallas are not ready to let their 2010 MLS MVP out of their grasp.
In an online video Q&A hosted by Colombian daily El País, América de Cali head coach Wilson Piedrahita was quizzed about whether Ferreira is one of the mystery players he’s seeking to add to the Red Devils squad for the next Colombian season.
“I’m tracking him down because he’s here on vacation and he wants to come,” Piedrahita stated with a smile and a laugh, reacting as if his intentions were discovered. “I asked someone to speak to Ferreira because Ferreira wants to return and he’s an impressive player and he’s a player I’d be interested in getting.”
Ferreira played in only six matches for FC Dallas in 2011 after suffering a broken ankle against the Vancouver Whitecaps on April 23, which ended his season prematurely. The diminutive Colombian is considered the best player on FC Dallas squad and his MVP exploits carried the club to their first MLS Cup final in 2010.
When contacted by MLSsoccer.com, FC Dallas made clear their intention of holding on to Ferreira for the duration of his contract.
“David is under contract with FC Dallas for the next two seasons,” said FC Dallas senior director of international marketing and communications Cesar Velasco. “We look forward to having him join us again for preseason in 2012.”
Despite the fact that he may be under contract in MLS, they’re dreaming of Ferreira’s return down in Colombia and the impact it would have on América de Cali, where he played from 2000-05.
Piedrahita continued on the El País video chat, “If Ferreira comes, with Ferreira we would have to expand the stadium and build a third tier.”