The league award season is under way and the first one to go out lands with a FC Dallas player as midfielder Ryan Hollingshead was named the 2017 MLS WORKS Humanitarian of the Year.
FC Dallas fans know the story well by now. On January 6, an icy night in Irving, Texas, Hollingshead was en route to help a friend who had been in a car accident when he drove by the site of a separate accident. A car had hit the highway median and the passenger was left stranded in the fast lane at dusk without headlights. Hollingshead pulled over and got out of his car to offer assistance, when he was thrown 30 feet after being struck by an oncoming automobile, breaking three vertebrae in his neck.
His selfless act put him on the shelf for the next few months but he was able to bounce back and return to the field for the first time in a 1-1 draw with New York City FC. By the end of the season he appeared in 19 games, with nine starts.
Here is how the voting broke down for this award:
Hollingshead joins Chris Seitz as the only two FC Dallas players to pick up this honor.