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FC Dallas downs Nashville SC 1-0

Ryan Hollingshead scored the game winner as the club played a pretty complete game.

MLS: FC Dallas at Nashville SC Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The fourth time is the charm for FC Dallas against Nashville SC, as they won 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Ryan Hollingshead scored the game’s lone goal in the 19th minute off a wonderful ball from Jesus Ferreira in the midfield. Hollingshead was starting at the left wing in place of an injured Fafa Picault and the veteran utility man scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season in the process.

Dallas nearly doubled the lead two minutes later, with Michael Barrios serving up a perfect pass that Ricardo Pepi headed towards goal, but Nashville keeper Joe Willis made the save.

Nashville pushed for an equalizer from there on but the Dallas defense was up to the task on the night and even created another solid chance late in the game in the 75th minute. Pepi forced Willis to make a big stop. Moments later Santiago Mosquera forced Willis into another difficult save.

Nashville nearly got a game-tying goal late but Hollingshead was the hero yet again as he cleared the ball off the line to preserve the win.

Instant Reaction: FC Dallas are now in serious contention to claim a top-four spot in the West and host a playoff match thanks to other results in the conference. Minnesota dropped points at home to Chicago, LAFC lost to San Jose. Colorado continues to surprise folks. As of this writing, FC Dallas is in fourth.

But as for this game, this is exactly what you want to see out of the group as we head towards the playoffs. Two weeks ago, we didn’t feel that this group could get a positive result away from home but grinding out a result like this is a huge sigh of relief for us all. Defensively, this group continues to look strong and the build up play in the midfield feels like it is finally there. Ferreira is rounding into form nicely here in the final few games, and while he isn’t getting goals, he and Andres Ricaurte are working out nicely together, while Thiago Santos holds things down defensively in the middle.

Also, knowing that the left wing is a bit inter-changeable with Hollingshead (which we shouldn’t be surprised with) is just a bonus now going into the playoffs.

Man of the Match: It is Hollingshead. No doubt about that.

What’s next for FC Dallas: The Decision Day match is here this Sunday as the Luchi Gonzalez’s side remains on the road as they take on Minnesota United.