Matt Hedges is having his best season yet in 2014, earning a new contract extension and drawing calls for USMNT inclusion. He had another fantastic game on Saturday against TFC turning into an offensive juggernaut with a goal and an assist in the 2-1 victory.
For his efforts, he's earned a spot in the MLSsoccer.com Team of the Week for Week 7. Hedges completed 42 of 48 passes on Saturday, had four interceptions and five recoveries according to the OPTA Chalkboard. Hedges has started 62 of the last 64 FCD games dating back to mid-2012 with eight goals scored in that time. He already has two goals scored in the first seven games of 2014 and needs just one more to tie his single-season high.
Here's Oscar Pareja's post game press conference after Saturday's big win over Toronto FC:
We discuss what FCD needs to do to get back on track against Toronto FC in this week's Toyota Keys to the Match:
Wednesday was the final group stage day at Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV and always brings some exciting do-or-die games as teams look to advance to the knockout round. FC Dallas went 9-4-1 on Wednesday with seven of our 15 teams advancing to the Dallas Cup knockout round including four in the U-17 division.
Here's a roundup of the action:
U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group
The U-18 Development Academy finished Dallas Cup week in strong fashion, defeating IF Brommapojkarna of Sweden 2-0 to finish their group in third place. Sebastian Gordillo and Santi Agudelo scored in the win. READ A FULL RECAP HERE.
The FC Dallas 96B Premier team defeated IMG Academy 2-0 in a must-win match to advance to the quarterfinals. The Premier team won all three of their group stage games and will play Dallas Texans' USSDA Academy team in the quarterfinals on Friday at 11:00AM at Richland College.
FC Dallas Youth 96B fell 2-0 to Andromeda on Wednesday afternoon to end their Dallas Cup.
FC Dallas El Paso 96/97 bounced back from their opening day loss to win on Tuesday and Wednesday, earning progression to the quarterfinals. They defeated Andromeda's USSDA Academy 2-1 yesterday to earn 1st place on goal differential.
FCD's 97B Premier team defeated IMG Academy U16B 2-0 to win their third-straight group stage game and advance to the quarterfinals.
FCD 97B Blue defeated Dallas Texans 97 Red to secure passage to the quarterfinals. They won all three of their group stage games.
FCD 97B Gold became the fourth FC Dallas U-17 division team to advance to the quarterfinals after beating Chargers SC 3-1 on Wednesday. They won all three of their group stage games by a combined score of 15-1.
The FCD U-15 Academy fell 2-1 to Columbia United to end their Dallas Cup group stage with one win from three games.
The FCD 98B Premier team secured passage to the quarterfinals with a 9-0 win over Cicero Mayas. Keegan McCombie and Matthew Gonzalez each scored twice in the win while Delfino Garcia, Austin Van Wagoner, Sebastian Venegas and Jesus Armendariz also scored in the win.
The U-14 USSDA Academy fell 1-0 to Futbolito Bimbo Soccer Tuzos on Wednesday to end their Dallas Cup. They won one out of three games.
FC Dallas 99B Premier side fell to the Colorado Rapids U-14 side 2-0 in a must-win match on Wednesday. They finish the tournament with two out of three wins.
FCD 00B Premier drew 2-2 with Coral Gables Soccer on Wednesday, but will not advance to the knockout round despite earning seven points from their group stage games.
FCD's 00B East team defeated BSM Gottschee 3-0 on Wednesday to end their Dallas Cup on a positive note with six points from the group.
The FCD U-13 Academy team defeated FC Bravo 3-0 to earn a spot in Thursday's quarterfinal.
FC Dallas once against found plenty of success on day two of Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV. With all 15 FCD-affiliated teams in action, there were plenty of games and the FCD Academy went 9-5-1 on the day. Here's a rundown of the results and standings:
U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group
The U-18 Development Academy fell out of semifinal contention with a 3-1 loss to Brazilian side Coritiba FC. Jordan Cano scored for FCD in defeat. Click here for a full match recap.
The FC Dallas 96B Premier team defeated Toronto Lynx 2-0 to move to a perfect 2-0-0 in their group. They'll advance to the quarterfinals with at least a draw against IMG Academy on Wednesday.
FC Dallas Youth 96 began the Dallas Cup on Monday with a 0-0 draw against PLFL Select from England.
FC Dallas El Paso 96/97 began the Dallas Cup with a 2-1 loss to FC Astoria Walldorf.
FCD's 97B Premier team defeated Juventus SC Elite from Canada 2-1 yesterday, moving to 2-0-0 in their group. They'll advance to the knockout round with at least a draw on Wednesday against IMG Academy.
FCD 97B Blue defeated TSF Academy 2-0 to move to 2-0-0 on the week. They'll win their group if they can at least draw Dallas Texans tomorrow.
FCD 97B Gold followed up yesterday's big win with a 1-0 win over Rio Rapids to move to 2-0-0 on the week. They're also guaranteed a spot in the semifinals with at least a draw on Wednesday.
The FCD U-15 Academy lost 2-1 to Monarcas Academy Warriors of Canada to move to 1-1 on the week. They will need to win tomorrow and hope for a Monarcas loss to advance from the group.
The FCD 98B Premier team defeated Futbolito Tuzos 3-0 to move to 2-0-0 on the week. Adan Garcia scored twice in the win while Keegan McCombie scored the third. They are guaranteed qualification to the knockout round with at least a draw tomorrow.
The U-14 USSDA Academy bounced back from yesterday's loss to defeat Delfines SD of Mexico 2-0
Clem Oancea's 99B Premier side defeated Prepa Tec of Mexico 1-0 to move to 2-0-0 on the week. They will need to defeat the Colorado Rapids Academy tomorrow to advance to the knockout round.
FCD 00B Premier continued their strong Dallas Cup with a 2-1 win over Angeles Soccer Elite to move to 2-0-0 on the week. Guy Esquivel and Nick Garcia scored for FCD in the win.
Darrin Hedges' 00B East team lost 2-1 to Arkansas Comets to move to 1-1-0 on the week.
The FCD U-13 Academy team defeated Vardar South 2-1 and will qualify for the knockout round with a win on Wednesday.
Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV got off to a soggy start on Sunday morning as rain affected and delayed some morning games, but that didn't stop FC Dallas from scoring an impressive run of results, going 9-2-1 on the opening day of the tournament. Here's how the FCD teams fared from U-19 to U-13:
U-19 Gordon Jago Super Group
The U-18 Development Academy group got off to a tough start against defending champions Fulham FC, falling 4-0 to the Premier Academy League champions. Click here for a full match recap.
Scott Dymond's 96B Premier team defeated Fussballschule Millerntor of Germany 3-1 with James Olmos scoring twice and Stian Sandbekkhaug scoring a third in the victory.
FCD's 97B Premier team scored a strong 3-2 win over Toronto Lynx with Ivan Ulloa scoring twice in the victory and Kamar Marriott adding the third goal in the win.
FCD 97B Blue defeated Mana U17 from Mexico 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
FCD 97B Gold scored the biggest win of the day beating Gold Coast Knights from Australia by a stunning 11-0 scoreline.
The FCD U-15 Academy defeated Academia Venezolana from Venezuela 2-1 at MoneyGram Soccer Park.
The FCD 98B Premier team defeated West Toronto United by a 4-1 scoreline. Gerber Chavez opened the scoring off an assist from Adan Garcia. Chuy Armendariz scored the second goal while Keegan McCombie also scored for FCD in the win.
In the only other FCD loss of the day, the U-14 USSDA Academy team fell to a strong Eintracht Frankfurt U-15 side 4-0.
Clem Oancea's 99B Premier side defeated FC Astoria Walldorf of Germany 2-0
FCD 00B Premier started the Dallas Cup strong with a 2-0 win against Ravens Wood School from England.
Darrin Hedges' 00B East team defeated Scuola Calcio from Puerto Rico 5-1. Kent Malloy opened the scoring for FCD while Eddie Sanchez added a second-half hat trick. Connor Jones closed out the scoring while Miguel Rosales had three assists for FC Dallas in the win.
The FCD U-13 Academy team tied Pinguinos of Mexico 1-1 in the only draw of the day.
Here's The Final Word from FCDTV after Saturday's loss to Seattle Sounders FC:
FC Dallas lost a close 3-2 game to Seattle Sounders FC in front of over 17,000 at Toyota Stadium. Here's Oscar Pareja's post-game press conference:
After a week on the road, we're back at Toyota Stadium tonight for one of the matches of the season as first-place FC Dallas hosts Seattle Sounders FC fresh off their 4-4 draw in Portland that saw Texas-native Clint Dempsey score a hat trick. Tonight has the potential to be a special one in Frisco and here's the 10 things you need to know before heading to tonight's match:
1. It's Frisco ISD night at the stadium and Dr. Jeremy Lyon, Frisco ISD Superintendent, will be scarfing the Lamar Hunt Statue. Frisco ISD and FC Dallas have as closely knit of a partnership as any MLS team and they have been instrumental in helping our aspiring Academy players train on a daily basis while still having a normal high school workload.
2. As always, you'll want to arrive early tonight as we're expecting another huge crowd tonight, likely the biggest of the season yet.
3. Tonight's game represents a matchup of the two highest scoring teams in Major League Soccer so far this season with FCD & Seattle combining for 22 goals in ten games. Despite the Sounders offensive prowess, Matt Hedges and Zach Loyd know a strong defensive performance will be key to victory.
4. While parking is always free for everyone at Toyota Stadium, our Toyota drivers out there can enjoy FREE upgraded parking in the Camry Gold Lot tonight. The Camry Gold Lot is directly NW of the stadium adjacent to the Dr. Pink field.
5. Stop by the brand new El Jimador Cantina in the northwest terrace of Toyota Stadium tonight at halftime and after the game to hear live music from Chet Stevens.
6. Tonight's weather forecast is looking very good with mostly cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid-70s and relatively gusty winds.
7. Tonight's game is set for a 7:30PM kickoff and will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Sports HD 148, 100.7FM(English) and 1270AM(Spanish)
8. This is only the start of a nine-day stretch of live soccer in north Texas with the Dr Pepper Dallas Cup kicking off on Sunday, Generation adidas Cup kicking off Monday and a reserve match against OKC Energy set for Tuesday night at Toyota Stadium.
9. FC Dallas has a league-leading five players who have scored at least two goals this season. Will it be Mauro Diaz, Je-Vaughn Watson or Fabian Castillo playing hero tonight? Or could someone else step up to score a game-winner?
10. Ticket options are very limited, especially on the east side and endline for tonight's match! If you want to avoid box office lines and possibly being told certain price points are sold out, get your tickets now!