FRISCO - The goals just keep on coming for Ryan Hollingshead. The second-year midfielder has scored three goals over a seven-day span, the most recent coming in FC Dallas’ 3-1 win over DC United on Friday.
FC Dallas drew first blood when Hollingshead scored from inside the six-yard box off a header from Blas Perez in the 27th minute just after FCD was forced to 10-men.
“I’m just poaching right now- trying to get as close as I can to the goal,” Hollingshead said. “I was making a near-post run when I saw the ball go over my head and I thought ‘shoot.’ So, I dropped my head, turned back and saw Blas on the end of it and [I knew] I had it.”
The midfielder’s hot streak has not gone unnoticed by head coach Oscar Pareja, who believes the game often rewards players that work hard.
“I’m very happy for him,” Pareja said. “Ryan has put in a lot of work in training. And the offseason for him was very important. He took it very professionally and came in the best shape I have seen him. So that’s what he gets: opportunities. And Ryan knows like anyone on the team, that I don’t hesitate to play the guys who deserve it. He scored and that’s good.”
Hollingshead says that the MLS season ramps up quickly, so players can’t afford to be out of shape when they report for preseason camp.
“As an outside midfielder, I’ll always have to run all day,” Hollingshead said. “So I was running all offseason. I even came in the first day and told the trainers my hamstrings were a little tight. And they were like, ‘you got to be kidding me- it’s the first day of training.’ It’s huge because we jump into it so fast that you don’t have time to get back into your fitness so you have to be ready on day one.”
Hollingshead’s work ethic and motor will provide him with plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net, but don’t expect all of his future goals to come from point-blank range.
“It’s funny,” he said. “Even in college or growing up, I was never a close range goal scorer. It’s never really been my style, but I’m loving it.”