Posted On August 20, 2014 by PUSC
After taking a year off from the game, Ryan has slowly but surely shaken off the rust and started to make the kind of impact FC Dallas expected when the signed the former UCLA and Placer United standout late in 2013. Hollingshead #12 made such a huge contribution in Lamar Hunt US Open Cup semifinals against Philidelphia that head coach Oscar Pareja had no hesitation in starting Ryan for the second time as FC Dallas beat the Earthquakes 5-0 on Saturday in San Jose.
Coach Pareja said after Ryan’s big semi final performance “I learned that he’s accountable, and that he’s ready to contribute more for this team and it’s great news for us.”
Said Ryan who feels good about his latest contribution ” I feel like my game is getting stronger and stronger.The main step for me now is getting more games because there’s only so much you can replicate in practice. I could feel at times during the games I was playing like I used to play, I felt like I was quick and could run at people.”
“Playing like he used to play” is something that bodes very well for FC Dallas as they are now on a 9 game unbeaten run and indeed, it’s not an exaggeration to say that the last two games were the most competitive minutes Hollingshead has seen in a match since late 2012 where he won PAC-12 Player of the Year at UCLA.
Way to go Ryan!
Go Placer! Go Dallas!