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Former MLS MVP David Ferreira signs in Colombia

FC Dallas v San Jose Earthquakes

SANTA CLARA, CA - JULY 18: David Ferreira #10 of FC Dallas dribbles the ball up field ahead of Marvin Chavez #81 of the San Jose Earthquakes during an MLS Soccer game at Buck Shaw Stadium on July 18, 2012 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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There was a time when David Ferreira’s vision and ability to hold the ball under pressure drove FC Dallas to a place it had never been: into the MLS Cup final.

That was 2010, the year Ferreira also gained his highest individual achievement, the league’s Most Valuable Player award.

Then again, there was a time (a far more recent time) when Ferreira more or less got his manager fired. That was last year as then-FCD coach Schellas Hyndman stuck with his playmaker way too long, depending on the old Ferreira to re-emerge – and probably damaging his relationship with other players along the way. After all, the men on the field saw that Ferreira was a shell of his former self, as the legs had seemed to go oh-so-quickly.

The two Ferreiras were miles apart.

Technically, the Colombian playmaker, 34, could have signed with another MLS club (although surely at a reduced rate) after Dallas declined his option in December.

That’s not going to happen; now comes word that Ferreira has signed with Colombia’s Independiente de Santa Fe