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Expect Ferreira to continue his emergence as FC Dallas’ premiere playmaker in 2010.

In addition to the emergence of Ferreira, keep an eye on youngster Brek Shea. The native Texan from College Station has all the tools necessary to be a big time player. Not only does Hyndman expect big things from the midfielder/defenseman this season, but also, and more importantly, so does Shea.

“I definitely think I should have a really good year. I want to be the starter for the team. I want to help us push for the playoffs and hopefully we can do well once we’re there.”

The key for Shea is consistency and maturity on the field, and this is the year which the third year player is primed to break out and become the player the franchise expected when they drafted him second overall in the 2008 SuperDraft.

But as potent as the FC Dallas offense was in 2009, their defense was statistically second worst in MLS and that will have to change if the squad has any aspirations for postseason glory.

To help shore up that defense, FC Dallas signed four-time MLS All-Star Kevin Hartman from the Kansas City Wizards. The 35-year old from UCLA has appeared in over 300 MLS contests and holds the league record for every major goalkeeping statistic, including most career wins (146), saves (1,235), and shutouts (84).

Now Hartman will be bringing that experience to Pizza Hut Park, the site where the goalkeeper reached the pinnacle of his success as a professional soccer player.

“I’m excited to be in Dallas,” Hartman said. “It’s the place where I won the 2005 championship with the Galaxy and it’s always held a place in my heart. I’m excited to be here in front of the Dallas fans and excited to start a new chapter in my soccer career. I’ve been amazed at how great everything is here…everything is first class.”

Hartman brings championship experience to the club. Along with the steady presence of Dario Sala in net, FC Dallas now has two proven goalkeepers that should at the very least raise each other’s games to new levels.

Continuity will be of the utmost importance for FC Dallas in 2010, as no defenseman played in more than 15 games last season. Despite the defense’s early season struggles in 2009, they should carry their late season momentum of allowing only a goal a game into the 2010 campaign. Expect Cedar Hill’s Ugo Ihemelu to lead that charge. Acquired late last season from Colorado, the speedy Ihemelu was a standout at SMU where he played under Hyndman. A full offseason with FC Dallas will further his development as one of the league’s premiere defensive stoppers.

With only four position players over the age of 30 on the roster, FC Dallas is one of the most inexperienced clubs in MLS…and the team believes that is actually a good thing.

“There’s good and bad that comes from that,” said defenseman Anthony Wallace. “Of course, with us having a lot of young guys, there’s not a lot of experience, but we have that young spunk, which is always good to have on the team. You know, a bunch of young guys working hard, willing to do anything for the team.”

With the top ranked offense squarely in place, and an improved defense that has proven the ability to shut down the opposition, FC Dallas is looking for their first postseason appearance since 2007.

And if the squad can carry last season’s momentum into their 2010 campaign, bringing the MLS Cup to the Metroplex won’t just be a dream.

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