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Ferreira wants to make permanent deal with FC Dallas


He’s the best player in MLS, but he’s not under long-term contract to the league.

Colombian playmaker and league MVP David Ferreira will be front and centre when his FC Dallas side looks to win its first-ever MLS Cup Sunday over the Colorado Rapids Sunday at Toronto’s BMO Field.

Ferreira doesn’t make Designated Player money. His salary was US$300,000 in 2010. And he’s on loan, from Brazilian side Atletico Paranaense. But he said through a translator Saturday after FC Dallas’ last pre-MLS Cup training session that he wants to remain with the Hoops and get a permanent deal done.

“I hope to play many years here; I’m happy, they have treated me very well. I hope everything comes together so I can stay with this team.”

Now, FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman has said that in, his mind, Ferreira is as good as any DP in this league. Actually, it’s unfair — because Ferreira is better than the DPs in MLS.

So, what will need to be done to get Ferreira to stay? Real Salt Lake is looking to make Alvaro Saborio, the man who won Newcomer of the Year, a long-term option for the club at striker. To do that, RSL will have to buy out Saborio’s contract with Swiss side Sion and likely reward the Costa Rican forward with a DP contract.

It would set a precedent FC Dallas might have to follow.

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