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It’s a clean sweep for David Ferreira.

The FC Dallas playmaker was named MLS Most Valuable Player in Toronto on Friday. In a tight race, Ferreira got 20 per cent of the votes, edging out Los Angeles Galaxy Edson Buddle, who finished second in the scoring race with 17 goals, and San Jose striker Chris Wondolowski, who led the league with 18 markers.

Buddle got 18.3 per cent of the vote and Wondolowski got 14.6 per cent.

Even though this was a very close race, the league got it right, following on the heels of the decision made by the North American Soccer Reporters to name Ferreira its player of the year. That race was even tighter than the MLS balloting process. After a round of votes, Ferreira and Wondolowski were tied in both first- and second-place votes. A run-off vote was needed for the first time in NASR history, and Ferreira edged the award.

“He is everything every coach wants and is looking for,” FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman said of Ferreira earlier this week.

While Wondolowski and Buddle were the goal-makers, Ferreira was the goal creator, setting up 13 markers. But, as Hyndman pointed out, FC Dallas goes as Ferreira goes. The team’s offence goes through the five-foot-five Colombian.

And, if the voting had included the playoff performances, it would not have been as close. Ferreira was dominant in the series win over Real Salt Lake, setting up Eric Avila’s game-winning goal in the first leg after bringing a series of defenders to him and then springing his teammate with a deft pass.

Ferreira’s performance in the Western final was even better; he scored a wonder goal from outside the box in the first half, and then played a fantastic ball through the Los Angeles Galaxy defence for forward Marvin Chavez to run onto and score the insurance marker in a 3-0 win.

Ferreira has been a magician for FC Dallas; Hyndman said it took about a season for the attacking midfielder to get used to the speed and physicality of the North American game; now, he’s the best player in MLS.

For those who don’t think there’s any star attractions at this Sunday’s MLS Cup final, here’s a news flash; you should be more excited to watch Ferreira in a winner-take-all game than any other player in the league.

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