Back in the 2017 preseason, we knew something big was swirling around Jesus Ferreira’s bourgeoning career. Months earlier he’d been made a 15-year-old Homegrown and then allowed to continue playing in the DA with the vaunted FCD U18 side that just won a national title. And on the heels of that, in the preseason he seemingly could not stop scoring.
Ferreira is now 16. And in his first ever appearance, a stint of just 19 minutes, Ferreira bagged his first professional goal. Ferreira is now the second-youngest goal-scorer in MLS history and the Youngest Not Named Freddy Adu. The speed of his train practically groans with excitement.
FCD won this game 6-2 and became the first MLS team in history to score five goals in the first half. You know. For context.
FCD is a club of a million small things, a legion of minute decisions that stack on top of one another to create one gigantic conglomerate of streamlined success. Decisions as small as putting academy players on the same training plane as first team players, for instance. It isn’t just what Champions League clubs do. It’s what FC Dallas does. This is Ferreira’s legacy, and that of the 15 Homegrowns before him and the indeterminate number stretching into the future horizon.
Ferreira is a rare talent, someone I’ve speculated about possibly being the most magnetic raw talent in the FCD’s academy history. In the interim, while awaiting his turn with the first team, Ferreira was part of a U19 team that won the Dallas Cup Super Group in April, the first time in history an MLS team had won arguably the most prestigious annual youth cup in the country. As I said then and will continue to say forever, winning at this level is not important because of the trophies themselves, it’s important because of what the trophies do and what they say.
They have said a lot to players like Ferreira, who’ve been raised in a soccer culture of victory unlike any other in the United States. And he is now telling that story to MLS. The best thing about FC Dallas is he’ll be given a chance to continue relaying that story over, and over, and over again until his opposition breaks.