Jesus Ferreira became the first FC Dallas player to feature in a game at the World Cup finals when he was named in the starting lineup for the USA against the Netherlands.
The 21-year-old was seen strolling around the pitch before the game with his headphones on, looking a picture of concentration as he absorbed the most momentous development of a highly promising career so far.
The surprise selection gave Ferreira the chance to help the USA reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup by beating the Netherlands in the last 16.
What is Ferreira’s story so far? How has he done for the national side? Here’s part of the story of an exciting new talent.
Who is Jesus Ferreira?
Born in Colombia, Ferreira became FC Dallas’ 16th homegrown player when he signed a contract at the club in 2016, signing a first-team deal as a 15-year-old following his part in a title triumph for the club’s academy side.
The prodigy’s debut in June 2017 was memorable personally and for the MLS club: Ferreira scored in the 89th minute – 19 minutes after coming on – as part of a 6–2 win over Real Salt Lake.
A loan move to Tulsa Roughnecks FC followed in 2018, where he scored his first career hat-trick with a sensational display against Seattle Sounders in September that year.
Ferreira has gone on to become a key player for Dallas, averaging around a goal every three games across more than 100 appearances.
He was named the club’s Offensive and Young Player of the Year in 2022, having twice featured in the MLS Team of the Week.
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What position does Jesus Ferreira play?
Ferreira is a diminutive 5ft 8ins attacker who can drive teams forward, making the most accurate forward passes of any Dallas forward last season.
He also has an eye for an assist, providing a team-leading nine across the campaign to go with his tally of eight goals.
Jesus Ferreira goals with USA national team
Ferreira opened his account for the national side with two goals against Trinidad and Tobago in a friendly in Orlando in January 2021.
The player of the match on that occasion had to wait almost 14 months for his next goal, scoring in Orlando again in a 3-0 win against Panama in World Cup qualification.
Even better was to come in a CONCACAF Nations League A game in Austin in June, when Ferreira almost single-handedly demolished Grenada by scoring all but one of the goals in a 5-0 triumph for the USA.
As a teenager, Ferreira was part of USMNT camps at three age groups before receiving US citizenship in December 2019.
He was called up to his first senior camp the following month and made his debut in a friendly against Costa Rica in February 2020.
Jesus Ferreira contract and transfer value
Ferreira signed a four-year contract with Dallas in December 2019 and, in January 2022 – a designated player deal tying him to the club until 2025.
Who is Jesus Ferreira’s father?
Ferreira became part of Dallas’ academy when his father, David, joined the club in 2009.
Ferreira Senior won the MLS MVP the following year and collected 39 caps for Colombia between 2001 and 2008, participating in two Copa America tournaments. David Ferreira also played for América de Cali, Atlético Paranaense and