David Ferreira

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David Ferreira
David Ferreira FCD.jpg
Ferreira with FC Dallas in 2011
Personal information
Full name David Arturo Ferreira Rico
Date of birth (1979-08-09) August 9, 1979 (age 39)
Place of birth Santa Marta, Colombia
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Unión Magdalena
Youth career
1997–1998 Expreso Rojo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Real Cartagena 0 (0)
2000–2005 América de Cali 217 (28)
2005–2010 Atlético Paranaense 118 (23)
2008Al-Shabab (loan) 12 (1)
2009–2010FC Dallas (loan) 64 (18)
2011–2013 FC Dallas 53 (8)
2014 Santa Fe 9 (0)
2015 Atlético Huila 38 (7)
2016–2017 América de Cali 32 (1)
2017 Real Cartagena 14 (4)
2018– Unión Magdalena 30 (3)
National team
2001–2008 Colombia 39 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 November 2018

David Arturo Ferreira Rico (born August 9, 1979 in Santa Marta) is a Colombian footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Unión Magdalena.



Ferreira began his professional career in 1997 with the Colombian Primera B club Expresso Rojo. By 1999 he had joined Real Cartagena, helping them win a league title. In 2000, he joined América de Cali in the first division, helping the team win three consecutive championships from 2000 to 2002 before moving to Brazilian club Atletico Paranaense in 2005. During his stay with Atletico Paranaense, from 2005 to 2008, he appeared in 179 games, starting in 175 of them while scoring 38 goals and recording 42 assists. He also appeared in the first-ever USA-Brazil Challenge game against his soon-to-be team FC Dallas in Curitiba, Brazil on March 7, 2007. From February to June 2008, David was on loan to club Al-Shabab in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, making 12 appearances and helping the team win the league title before returning to Atletico Paranaense.

On February 24, 2009, Ferreira was loaned to FC Dallas in Major League Soccer. He was named MLS league MVP on November 19, 2010, after scoring eight goals and adding 13 assists during the regular season. In the playoffs, he also scored a goal against the LA Galaxy in the Western Conference finals and the club's lone goal in their MLS Cup Final loss to the Colorado Rapids. On December 20, 2010, it was announced that FC Dallas had signed him to a multi-year contract, purchasing his rights from Atletico Paranaense.[1] He was named to the MLS Team of Week 4 in the 2011 MLS season for his two-goal performance against the Rapids.[2] On April 24, 2011, he suffered a season-ending injury while playing against the Vancouver Whitecaps.[3] After an absence of more than a year, on July 4, 2012, he finally made his return to the field appearing in the second half against Toronto FC. He captained the squad during the 2013 season.[4] However, his play never returned to the high level that it was before his 2011 injury, and the club declined his contract option following the season.[5] David then returned to play in his native Colombia.


Ferreira has been a member of the Colombia national team since 2001, winning the Copa América in 2001, and taking part in Copa América tournaments in 2004 and 2007.


He is the father of Jesus Ferreira who plays professionally for FC Dallas.






  1. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/fc-dallas-sign-mvp-ferreira-multi-year-contract
  2. ^ http://www.fcdallas.com/news/2011/04/mlssoccercom-team-week-week-4
  3. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2011/04/24/dallas-ferreira-suffers-broken-ankle-vancouver
  4. ^ "David Ferreira named captain 2013 season".
  5. ^ "FC Dallas declines 2014 contract option David Ferreira two others".

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ugo Ihemelu
FC Dallas captain
Succeeded by
Andrew Jacobson