Major League Soccer

Jesus Ferreira breaks club record with first career hat-trick

Lizzy Becherano
Jesus Ferreira scored fastest hat-trick in FC Dallas history.
Jesus Ferreira scored fastest hat-trick in FC Dallas history. / Omar Vega/GettyImages
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Jesus Ferreira broke a club record on Saturday as FC Dallas triumphed 4-1 over Western Conference giants Portland Timbers at Toyota Stadium. 

The striker managed three goals during a 10-minute span in the first half to mark the fastest hat-trick in club history. The feat also marks his first career hat-trick. 

The accomplishment comes after a rocky start to the 2022 Major League Soccer campaign. Prior to the match, Ferreira had failed to score since October 30, 2021, and only recorded eight goals in 27 matches during the 2021 season. 

"I had a little bit of stress on me because I wanted to be able to be that No. 9 that is always scoring no matter what game it is, whether it's away or home, but my teammates and coaching staff, especially Nico Estevez and Peter Luccin, made it very clear that they believed in me and that once the first goal went in, many more were going to come,” Ferreira said. 

“Being the No. 9, being the target, scoring goals is the most important thing. When I score goals, it gives me a little bit of confidence and I’m excited. I want to be that player that can be in any position and be able to score so like you said – the header, the shot, and just the tap-ins – those are the best goals that you can score as the nine. I'm excited that I can score in different ways and that I can help the team win.”

The striker became the second-youngest American to score a Major League Soccer hat-trick, behind former teammate Ricardo Pepi. Ferreira replaced Pepi when he made his $20m move to Germany's FC Augsburg in the offseason.

“I was not worried when Jesús would end up scoring. It was just a matter of time. He would have chances in the previous games played, and he just had to be more accurate in the final product. There were three goals that he could have scored by now based on his chances in the past few games, but he scored them today,” FC Dallas head coach Nico Estevez said. 

"I am happy for him, especially with his work rate, his knowledge of the game, and what he offers to the team. He did have an assist today in the match so we have to acknowledge that as well. It is important that he keeps playing and continues playing the way he's been doing it. The goals will come over time.”

The timing of his performance could not have been more perfect with the World Cup qualifiers right around the corner. Ferreira is set to join Gregg Berhalter’s 27-player roster for the March international window as the USMNT travels to Azteca Stadium to face rivals Mexico, before hosting Panama and confronting Costa Rica. 

Ferreira made his debut for the USMNT in February 2021 in an international friendly against Costa Rica. 

“I think it's it's great timing for him,” said USMNT teammate Paul Arriola. “It's great timing for the club and it's great timing for a country to be able to go into this camp with the game that he did.”

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