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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
David Ferreira Named FC Dallas Most Valuable Player

By Buzz Carrick

It will come as no shock given he was named league MVP, but none the less David Ferreira has been named FC Dallas Most Valuable Player.  Ferreira notched eight goals and thirteen assists on the season.

Kevin Hartman was also named FC Dallas defender of the year, Jeff Cunningham received the golden boot, and Daniel Hernandez was named Humanitarian of the Year.  Hartman set a league-record 0.62 goals-against average and 11 shutouts in 20 regular season games.  Cunningham earned the Golden Boot with a team-best 11 goals.  Hernandez received the Humanitarian of the Year for his work with the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Here's the FCD press release on the local media voted awards.

Ferreira, Hartman, Hernandez and Cunningham earn FC Dallas team awards

FRISCO, Texas (Nov. 30, 2010) – Midfielder David Ferreira has earned the FC Dallas Most Valuable Player award, while Goalkeeper Kevin Hartman is the team’s Defender of the Year, as voted by the local media.

Jeff Cunningham is the team’s Budweiser Golden Boot winner for his team-best 11 goals, while team captain Daniel Hernandez is the MLS W.O.R.K.S. Humanitarian of the Year, as chosen by the FC Dallas Foundation.

Ferreira was named the 2010 Volkswagen MLS Most Valuable Player and to the 2010 MLS Best XI following a season that saw the Colombian international tally eight goals and 13 assists. During the Dallas side’s playoff run, Ferreira added two goals and three assists, helping guide FC Dallas to its first MLS Cup appearance and a Western Conference Championship.

Although Ferreira finished the regular season as the most fouled player in the league with 84 fouls suffered, he still played every game, missing just one minute of action all year. Ferreira earned a spot on the MLS All-Star squad this season, playing 45 minutes against Manchester United in the 2010 AT&T MLS All-Star game on July 28.

A finalist for MLS Goalkeeper of the Year with a league-record 0.62 goals-against average and 11 shutouts in 20 regular season games, Hartman was spectacular in 2010. The all-time leader in multiple MLS goalkeeping categories, including saves, wins and shutouts, Hartman made repeated spectacular saves in the Western Conference Semifinals and Final to send the Dallas side to its first MLS Cup, earning Man of the Match honors following the team’s 3-0 win at L.A. on Nov. 14.

A native of Tyler, Texas, Hernandez has a soccer field, “Estadio Daniel Demetrio Hernandez,” named after him there. He played both football and soccer at Southern Methodist University, earning NSCAA National Player of the Year in 1998 under coach Schellas Hyndman. Hernandez’s brother, Nico, also played soccer at SMU before a car accident left the promising young striker paralyzed from the chest down. Inspired by his brother’s plight, Hernandez recently reached out to the Christopher Reeve Foundation seeking ways to help the organization with its quality of life programs.

He is working with the Reeve Foundation to spread awareness about the activities available to children with paralysis, including wheelchair soccer. Hernandez is also working to set up regular visits to a local children’s hospital and is continuing his involvement with a local school called MiEscuelita. Hernandez started a MiEscuelita Cinco de Mayo Celebration when he was still a student-athlete at SMU.