FC Dallas made it official Thursday afternoon. Jackson Goncalves, the versatile Brazilian who had played in the back, midfield and even up top in 2011, is returning to MLS after a short stay with Cruzeiro in his home country.
Jackson’s return could very well be the panacea that Dallas needs in their ultra thin midfield, where the likes of 2010 MLS MVP David Ferreira and Andrew Wiedeman are out for at least the next two months after having surgery. Ferreira’s fill-in, Ricardo Villar, is currently week-to-week with a foot injury.
However, it remains to be seen whether the young South American will start immediately upon his return or if he'll have to earn playing time. Before the announcement became official, FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman offered his thoughts on Jackson.
“We've always liked Jackson. I think the fans like Jackson. There’s only a couple of instances with Jackson that we were concerned about, but I think that’s part of maturity as it would be with Brek Shea, as it would be with Castillo or anyone else. As far as the big reasons why Jackson’s back here, he had some very uncomfortable, I should say, personal problems ... family problems that became personal that he had to deal with,” Hyndman said.
“And so, at that time that we weren't prepared for, but it came at a time where... FC Dallas also recognizes that if a player has got issues at home, those issues are not going to go away just by bringing him 5,000 miles. We’ve always enjoyed Jackson but we also feel if there’s issues, deal with it and then if the situation became right, we would welcome him back.”
Those issues the Dallas coach speaks of center around him missing a game with New England last summer to get married in Brazil. After returning, he did apologize to the entire team and looked like the same old player.
Jackson was a well-liked guy in the room for FCD, so a warm welcome is completely assured for the versatile talent who definitely left his mark on the club during his short time here. And here’s hoping those aforementioned personal issues are now things of the past because when this guy’s focused, he’s invaluable but when he’s not, well we’ve all seen the drop off when his focus isn’t there.