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Scratching the Chalkboard: Give it up for Ryan Hollingshead

Versatile leftback has been key during transition year

MLS: FC Dallas at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

FC Dallas grabbed a lifebuoy to their sinking season. After dropping a midweek game to the LA Galaxy, things did not look good for Dallas’ chances to make the playoffs. Dallas needed some kind of result of any kind to keep things going, and after falling behind 3-0, it looked like another zero point road trip. But Dallas fought back and somehow managed to pick up a point, and nearly took all three at the death.

Costly Mistakes

Again, for the 8,000th time, mental defensive errors cost Dallas goals in last night’s affair against the Montreal Impact. After a stand out performance against the Galaxy, Matt Hedges completely whiffed on a routine interception and gifted Lassi Lappalainen with a wide open look at goal in the middle of the penalty area.

These mistakes have become costly for Dallas, as Jesus Ferrira also gifted Lappalainen with a clear path to goal after his centering pass was loose and picked off easily in the middle of the field.

The most frustrating part is that these errors are easily avoidable. The bigger issue is that a bulk of these errors lead to chances on goal.

Montreal’s shots vs FCD

Montreal managed 9 shots against Dallas, which is not a great number at home, with most of those came directly off Dallas turnovers. If Dallas can tighten things up, then making the playoffs could become a reality.

Ryan The Hero

Ryan Hollingshead had one of his best nights in an FC Dallas uniform as he delivered the game tying goal in the 90th minute. This was one of those games where Hollingshead did his usual thing getting involved in the offense, but also delivered a key goal in the process.

Hollingshead’s offensive chart vs MTL

Hollingshead routinely scorched Montreal’s back line, making run after run into the attacking half and joining the attack. Hollingshead finished the evening with three shot attempts, tied for first with Michael Barrios and impact sub, Zdenek Ondrasek.

With the goal bringing Hollingshead’s tally to five for the year, taking him to second place on the team’s scoring list and is just one away from tying team leads, Jesus Ferreira and Dominique Badji. This is also Hollingshead’s best offensive output as his five goals ties his goal tally from the previous five seasons combined. Keep in mind this team is getting five goals (5!!!) from a left back, which is an absolute luxury.

In a season of transition and rebuilding, Hollingshead’s ability to step it up has kept this team afloat.

Dallas now enters the final stretch of the season with a relatively favorable schedule. The remaining seven opponents’ average points per game is just 1.22, with only NYCFC and Seattle in playoff position. Everyone else (Houston, Cincinnati, Colorado, Chicago and Kansas City) is below the red line. Dallas also has four of the remaining seven games at home. If Dallas can take care of business and draw on the road, post season play will be reality for this team.