Jesus Ferreira tied an FC Dallas team record of 18 goals this past season. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

Major League Soccer Tuesday announced FC Dallas forward Jesus Ferreira was voted its young player of the year.

The 21-year-old produced one of the best goal-scoring seasons in MLS history by a player younger than 22 years old. Ferreira was the second consecutive Dallas player to win the award after Ricardo Pepi earned the honor in 2021.

A product of the FC Dallas Academy, Ferreira tied the club record for goals in a season with 18, jointly held by Kenny Cooper (2008) and Jason Kreis (1999). Ferreira’s 18 goals were the third most by a player prior to turning 22, behind only Stern John (26 in 1998) and Mamadou Diallo (22 in 2000). Of his 18 goals, none came from the penalty spot, which was tied for the most non-penalty kick goals in MLS this season.

His five multi-goal games were tied for the second most in the league, which included his first career hat-trick against the Portland Timbers on March 19. Ferreira scored his goals within a 10-minutes span, becoming the first player in club history and the 10th in MLS history to accomplish the feat. In September, Ferreira also garnered the No. 1 ranking in the 2022 MLS 22 Under 22.

Ferreira reached several historic milestones this campaign becoming the second player in MLS history to record at least 30 goals and 20 assists in his career before turning 22, joining Diego Fagúndez (34 goals, 24 assists). His 36 goals are tied with Blas Pérez for the third most in club history.

The son of 2010 MLS Most Valuable Player David Ferreira, the 21-year-old Ferreira became the first Homegrown player in FC Dallas history to sign as a Designated Player prior to this season. He joined the FC Dallas academy when he was eight, and was the youngest debutant in club history at 16 years and 161 days old when he made his MLS debut for the club on June 3, 2017.

In addition to his success in MLS, Ferreira stood out for the U.S. men’s national team in 2022. Ferreira scored four goals in a Concacaf Nations League match against Grenada on June 11, becoming the fifth player in USMNT history to score four goals in a match. He also added a goal in the USMNT’s 5-1 victory over Panama in World Cup Qualifying on March 28. His five goals in 2022 are the most by a USMNT player.

The Young Player of the Year award honors the top player in the league age 22 and under. Players born on, or before, Jan. 1, 2000, were eligible for selection.

The Young Player of the Year award was voted on by MLS club technical staff, media, and current MLS players. Below is a breakdown of the voting results, with Ferreira edging out Atlanta United FC’s Thiago Almada and FC Cincinnati’s Brenner.

 

Voting Results
PLAYER MEDIA CLUB TOTAL
Jesús Ferreira (DAL) 15.30% 58.50% 23.40% 32.40%
Thiago Almada (ATL) 19.00% 7.30% 25.50% 17.27%
Brenner (CIN) 5.80% 8.10% 10.60% 8.17%

A full list of previous MLS Young Player of the Year/Rookie of the Year award winners can be found below:

MLS Young Player of the Year
Season Player Club
2022 Jesús Ferreira FC Dallas
2021 Ricardo Pepi FC Dallas
2020 Diego Rossi Los Angeles Football Club

 

MLS Rookie of the Year
Season Player Club
2019 Andre Shinyashiki Colorado Rapids
2018 Corey Baird Real Salt Lake
2017 Julian Gressel Atlanta United FC
2016 Jordan Morris Seattle Sounders FC
2015 Cyle Larin Orlando City SC
2014 Tesho Akindele FC Dallas
2013 Dillon Powers Colorado Rapids
2012 Austin Berry Chicago Fire FC
2011 C.J. Sapong Sporting Kansas City
2010 Andy Najar D.C. United
2009 Omar Gonzalez LA Galaxy
2008 Sean Franklin LA Galaxy
2007 Maurice Edu Toronto FC
2006 Jonathan Bornstein Chivas USA
2005 Michael Parkhurst New England Revolution
2004 Clint Dempsey New England Revolution
2003 Damani Ralph Chicago Fire
2002 Kyle Martino Columbus Crew
2001 Rodrigo Faria MetroStars
2000 Carlos Bocanegra Chicago Fire
1999 Jay Heaps Miami Fusion
1998 Ben Olsen D.C. United
1997 Mike Duhaney Tampa Bay Mutiny
1996 Steve Ralston Tampa Bay Mutiny