Ryan Hollingshead roared into the goalmouth from his defender position to score the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute and lift FC Dallas to a 2-1 comeback win over visiting Inter Miami on Wednesday in a key late-season match in Frisco, Texas.
Hollingshead's tally, off a centering pass from Bryan Reynolds after a workmanlike effort in the zone, allowed FC Dallas (7-5-7, 28 points) to earn its second win it its past four matches and remain in sixth place in the Western Conference standings with just three matches to play in the regular season.
Hollingshead has the deciding goal in all of FC Dallas' past three victories.
Despite the defeat, Inter Miami (6-12-3, 21 points) remained in 10th place and above the playoff line in the Eastern Conference following a dramatic 2-1 home win over Orlando City SC on Saturday. Miami is 3-2-1 in its past six outings and has two matches remaining.
Dallas had an excellent chance to net the game's first goal in the 17th minute when Matheus Bressaneli's volley bounced off Miami defender Andres Reyes and off the crossbar before being cleared out of the zone.
But it was Miami -- and Rodolfo Pizarro -- who found the net and gave the visitors the lead in the 33rd minute. Pizarro waited in traffic in front of the FC Dallas goal as, first, Matias Pellegrini, and then Gonzalo Higuain worked their way through the FCD defense.
Higuain finally bounced a pass off of a Dallas defender and onto the foot of Pizarro, who lifted an easy shot beyond the reach of FCD goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer for the goal.
Dallas tied the game in the 60th minutes on a penalty kick. Reynolds drew a foul in the box from Miami's Leandro Gonzalez Pirez in the 56th minute. Franco Jara then calmly booted the penalty kick past Miami keeper John McCarthy, who never even moved off his line on the shot.
The goal was FC Dallas' first in four matches, since a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City on Oct. 14. Dallas had gone without a tally in five of its past seven games.
It was the first ever meeting between FC Dallas and Inter Miami.
--Field Level Media