MLS MVP Ferreira of FC Dallas has broken ankle

Reigning Major League Soccer MVP David Ferreira of FC Dallas has a double fracture in his right ankle.

The Colombian midfielder was injured on a hard tackle by Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jonny Leathers in FC Dallas’ 2-1 road win Saturday. Ferreira was taken off the field on a stretcher and to a hospital.

The team said surgery would be scheduled after Ferreira saw doctors back in Dallas.

Ferreira had eight goals and 13 assists in 2010 for the Western Conference champions. He leads the team with three goals and an assist through six games this season.

It was the second serious leg injury in as many days to an MLS star. Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Steve Zakuani fractured his right tibia and fibula Friday.