Former Granite Bay High star Ryan Hollingshead is a key contributor for FC Dallas, which plays the San Jose Earthquakes 4 p.m. today at Avaya Stadium.
The midfielder will try to help FC Dallas (6-4-3) maintain its recent mastery of San Jose (5-5-3).
FC Dallas embarrassed the Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium last season with a 5-0 victory. Then FC Dallas dampened coach Dominic Kinnear’s return to San Jose with a stoppage-time goal for a 1-0 victory in the 2015 Major League Soccer opener in March.
Hollingshead, in his second season with FC Dallas, has played in 13 matches, including 10 starts. He has two goals and an assist.
After an All-American career at UCLA, Hollingshead was the 20th pick by FC Dallas in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.
But he sat out that season to help his older brother Scott, a pastor, build a church. He also did charity work at an orphanage in Haiti.
Hollingshead hails from a soccer family. Ryan’s brothers – Scott, Kyle and Kevin – all played for coach Steve Fischer at Granite Bay. Scott and Kevin also played at UCLA.
Ryan Hollingshead is likely to face a former high school and Pac-12 rival today in the battle of teams in the thick of the Western Conference playoff chase.
Forward Adam Jahn (Jesuit, Stanford) is having a solid season for San Jose. The third-year player and former Republic FC contributor has played in 12 MLS matches, starting seven, and has a goal and an assist.
Tommy Thompson, another former Granite Bay star, also in on the Earthquakes’ roster, though he is with the Men’s U-20 National Team that is playing in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.
Hollingshead did find himself on the field competing against a former Granite Bay teammate on May 29.
Rookie Connor Hallisey from Cal got his first start, had an assist and played 65 minutes in Sporting Kansas City’s 4-0 home win over Dallas, a match in which Hollingshead played the entire 90 minutes.
Hallisey, a midfielder, was the 10th overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.