There was a scary moment for FC Dallas defender Ryan Hollingshead over the weekend as the club revealed on Monday Hollingshead was involved in a car accident on Friday night. The accident occurred in Irving, Texas on Friday night and has left Hollingshead with injuries but he should be able to recover and return playing in the new season.
Hollingshead was being a Good Samaritan in difficult conditions in Irving as he was assisting a fellow motorist whose car had wrecked. In the process of doing this a second car lost control in the icy conditions and struck Hollingshead forcing him to be taken to a Dallas-Fort Worth area hospital. Hollingshead was discharged from that hospital on Sunday evening and is now making his recovery at home.
In the collision Hollingshead suffered fractures to three of his cervical vertebrae but due to the nature of them, stable fractures he will not risk any spinal cord injury or loss of function. It will, however, require Hollingshead to wear a neck brace for six to eight weeks.
That will obviously have a significant impact on his preseason preparations, with the MLS season just seven weeks away. Obviously Hollingshead will be not able to compete in the opening round or rounds on the season but the positive is that he will not be having significant changes to his life due to a spinal cord injury.
“The entire FC Dallas family is thinking of Ryan and his wife, Taylor,” said FC Dallas president Dan Hunt in a statement. “We are praying for a swift recovery and are looking forward to seeing him back on the pitch for our club.”