FCD hoping "Little Mosquito" can keep biting
CARSON, Calif. — Back in Honduras, a writer
coined the nickname "El Hijo del Viento" – the Son of the Wind – for speedy FC Dallas winger Marvin Chavez. For his compatriots, the name stuck.
After his goal and assist in the 3-0 thrashing of
the Los Angeles Galaxy, FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman began
referring to his midfielder by a new name, “The Little Mosquito,”
because of his 5-foot-5 stature and his ability to irritate
defenders with his darting runs.
“[Defenders] get nervous when Marvin is
around,” Hyndman said. “He’s competitive and courageous and he’s been
outstanding these last four to six weeks.”
But Hyndman’s mosquito nearly flew back to
Honduras in the summer, after failing to appear in the first 11 matches
of the season. After 24 matches in 2010, he had only featured as a
starter on four occasions.
[inline_node:320233]After a slow transition period when he was signed
in August 2009, the diminutive Honduran international encountered
injury after injury in his first full season. First came a right MCL
sprain in preseason followed by a right hamstring
“I was anxious,” Chávez told MLSsoccer.com. “As an international player, I came to contribute, not to injure myself.”
Chávez sought out a meeting with Hyndman in which he suggested ending the loan deal and returning to Honduran club Marathón.
“I was about to leave the club because I was
disappointed in myself,” he said. “I had an injury, I recovered and fell
back into another injury. I spoke to my family and spoke to my coach
and thought that the best thing would be to return
to Honduras. He [Hyndman] asked me to think about it.”
Said Hyndman, “He was frustrated and he came up to me and said,
‘If I’m hurting the team I understand if you release me.’ I said that, ‘As long as you’re giving me your best, things will work
out.’ He never stopped trying and working
The Honduran’s big break came when regular left
winger Brek Shea missed matches due to a red card suspension and a US
national team call-up in September. Chávez hasn’t looked back since,
starting seven of the last nine matches of the
His confidence is back and he even predicted a
2-0 win going into Los Angeles. His friendship with Colombian playmaker
David Ferreira was on full display against the Galaxy, as they combined
for two of the three Dallas goals at the Home
Facing the expiration of his loan deal in
December, Chávez says he wants to continue at FC Dallas, no matter what
nickname they want to use for him.
“Of course, I’m not giving up ‘Hijo del Viento,’" he said, "not that nickname.”