After a strong 2019 campaign, Jesus Ferreira has signed a four-year extension with FC Dallas, which utilized Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to complete the deal, the club announced today.
Ferreira becomes the second homegrown given an extension after midfielder Paxton Pomykal signed an extension also using TAM in October. Centerback Matt Hedges also agreed to an extension with the club last month as technical director Andre Zanotta and team president Dan Hunt looks to lock up the team’s core for the foreseeable future.
“Jesus has been a part of the FC Dallas family his entire life,” Hunt said in a statement. “We’ve seen him grow as a player and are looking forward to the impact he will make on this club the next few seasons.”
Ferreira is the son of 2010 MLS Most Valuable Player David Ferreira, who led FC Dallas to its only MLS Cup appearance that year. Jesus Ferreira signed a homegrown contract in November of 2016 at age 15. He developed in his time at the academy, but took a big step in 2019, playing in 33 of 34 regular season MLS matches and starting 29 of them, scoring eight goals and providing another six assists.
“[Ferreira’s family] is a family that has been committed to this community and this club and made a lot of sacrifices for Jesus to show his talents,” FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez said. “From the youth to the academy, to the first team, Jesus has had to grow up quick and be a good example to his younger brothers. This is a moment that is a reflection of continuing to show commitment to this family and project. He is a talent, but he’s always showed respect for his teammates and helping the team and that’s transferred into the first-team level.”
Gonzalez looked to play Ferreira in multiple positions, such as the wing, striker, and at the end of the season, as an attacking midfielder.
“First of all, thank you,” Ferreira said. “Thank you to Dallas that they believe in me. I’ve been in the club since 2009, more than 10 years, and I’m just happy to be here.
This is the team I grew up watching, playing with, and I’m happy I can keep being here.”