BALTIMORE - It doesn’t hurt as a goalkeeper to be six feet and seven inches tall, but Ryan Herman assures you he’s much more than that.
The Washington-native was selected #17 overall by FC Dallas in Thursday’s 2016 MLS Superdraft and he can’t wait to join Oscar Pareja’s side.
“I had a really good feeling coming out of the interview [with FC Dallas] at the combine. It was a great group of guys and I felt really positive coming out of the interview,” Herman told reporters. “Talking with Drew [Keeshan] the goalkeeper coach I got really good feedback from him and I honestly could not be more excited. I’ve been to Dallas a few times and I love it.”
Of course, the first thing that stands out to you about Herman is his 6’7” frame, but you don’t get this far without quite a bit more to offer.
“A lot of people see me and see that I’m just a big tall guy, but I think I bring a lot more to the game than that,” said Herman. “My knowledge of the game and how I work with defenders and my communication, I think is a very underrated quality of mine.”
Herman figures to slot in to FC Dallas right away as the third goalkeeper behind Jesse Gonzalez and Chris Seitz, but he says he’s ready to fight for that spot between the Toyota Stadium nets.
“I’m going to work my butt off. I’ll work as hard as I can to break into the team and bring leadership as well,” said Herman. “I’m just excited to be there, we’ll see what happens but I’m going to work hard to get into the first team and go from there.”
An alumni of the Seattle Sounders Academy, Herman ensures FCD fans there’s no need to worry, he’s pretty darn happy with the team he’s headed to.
“Both teams played high quality soccer and that was evident in both legs of the Western Conference Semifinal,” Herman said of the playoff matchup between the sides. “How could you not be a fan of FC Dallas after they came back from being down 2-1 in that series and scoring in the 90th minute, two goals late, win it…I am a big fan of penalty kicks. If you can win a game in PK’s, that shows you are a good team.”
He’s going to fit in just fine around here.