It's been a very solid sophmore season for Matt Hedges and the UNC-graduate capped 2013 with a game-winning goal in Saturday's 2-0 win over Seattle. For his efforts, Hedges has been named to MLSsoccer.com's team of the week for week 34, the next to last week of the season. Matt tied for the game-high with 12 clearances in Saturday's win and with a likely start ahead of him in this weekend's season finale will finish with 33 appearances and 32 starts in 34 MLS Regular Season games.
MLS had this to say about Hedges' performance:
DF: Matt Hedges (FC Dallas) – Not only did Hedges lead the FC Dallas defense to a clean sheet in Schellas Hyndman's home farewell, a 2-0 win over Seattle, he got forward to open the scoring and spark the Dallas attack after a choppy first hour of play.
Segment 1: Stein and Steve reflect on a wild final night in World Cup qualifying in CONCACAF, which saw mighty Mexico come perilously close to elimination from soccer's grand stage next summer before being rescued by two late goals in Panama from their old friends south of the border.
Segment 2: American star Landon Donovan says he's not sure Mexico, if the roles were reversed, would have tried so hard to win a game in extra time if it meant helping the United States qualify for the World Cup. Is Landon right? Should the Americans have let Panama close out a 2-1 victory that would have eliminated Mexico? The boys discuss.
Segment 3: The one and only Andres Cantor, fresh off calling Costa Rica's 2-1 victory over Mexico for Telemundo, joins the guys to talk about the state of Mexico's chaos-ridden team after its great Hex escape and yet another coaching change headed into next month's two-legged World Cup playoff with New Zealand.
Segment 4: Clint Dempsey is still looking for his first goal as a Seattle Sounder, but the proud Texan was kind enough to sit down and touch on a number of hot topics after a 2-0 defeat to FC Dallas that threatens to knock Seattle out of the playoffs. The highlights of that conversation are all here.
Full match highlights: FC Dallas 2, Seattle Sounders FC 0
MISS: Lamar Neagle's bicycle attempt goes just wide.
GOAL: Matt Hedges gives FCD the go-ahead goal off Michel's free kick.
GOAL: Michel taps in the insurance goal after a frantic sequence in the box.
The seasons are winding down in both the NASL, Costa Rica and Sweden where FCD's loaned players are spread out.
HIGHLIGHTS: Rowdies 2, Strikers 1
It was a disappointing Saturday for Fort Lauderdale who were eliminated from Soccer Bowl contention by their rival Tampa Bay Rowdies in a 2-1 loss.
Richard Sanchez started and made three saves in the loss while Bradlee Baladez came on for the last 12 minutes of the match. Sanchez has started and played every minute of all 11 matches of the Strikers fall season with 14 goals allowed in his 11 starts. For Baladez, a minor mid-season injury meant some missed time but has appeared in nine of 11 matches including three starts and two goals scored.
Three matches remain in the Strikers' season which ends on November 2.
Bobby Warshaw and Angelholms FF were idle last weekend as most European leagues took the weekend off for FIFA international dates and they have three games left remaining in their season which also ends on November 2.
Down in Costa Rica, Moises Hernandez and Saprissa fell to 2-1 to Carmelita on Saturday falling out of first place in the Costa Rican First Division. Moises Hernandez did not play in the game. Saprissa has five games remaining in their season before a likely appearance in the playoffs.
Degree Men is our title sponsor for Saturday's home season finale against Seattle Sounders FC and they want to see you DO:MORE to support FC Dallas in the final Toyota Stadium match of the season!
They have team-signed jerseys and balls to give away in conjunction with our Fan Appreciation Day and all you have to do to be entered to win one is post a picture on Twitter or Instagram of how you DO:MORE to cheer on FC Dallas using the hashtag #DoMoreDTID. Winners will be randomly selected from all entries and each winner will receive an FC Dallas team-signed jersey or team-signed ball from Degree Men! The contest is open from 12:00PM on Thursday, October 17 to 12:00PM on Tuesday, October 22 and winners will be notified on Tuesday afternoon.
Degree Men will also be handing out free FCD player faces to the first 5,000 fans through the gates so grab your player face on Saturday, send us a picture showing that you DO:MORE to support FC Dallas and you could win some FCD-signed gear!
Kenny Cooper loves to play the Chicago Fire as a member of FC Dallas. There can be no doubting that.
Cooper scored two more goals against Chicago on Saturday night to up his career tally against the Fire to eight goals in eight matches, making him the all-time FCD leading scorer against their Brimstone Cup rivals.
For his effort, Cooper was named to the MLSSoccer.com week 33 Team of the Week.
Said MLSsoccer.com about Cooper: FW: Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas) – Unfortunate to be on the losing end after a commendable two-goal effort against Chicago to make it three goals in two games for the big striker. His resurgence may have come too late to save Dallas this season, but it should bode well for his and the team's chances in 2014.
Limited tickets are still available for FC Dallas Fan Appreciation Day this Saturday, October 19. Fans with a ticket to Saturday's match are welcome to enjoy an EPL viewing party, a player autograph session, FC Dallas vs. Seattle Sounders FC presented by Degree Men and more!
VIEWING PARTY: The Toyota Stadium gates will open extra early on Saturday morning (11 a.m.) as FCD will be hosting a viewing party of Manchester City vs. West Ham United on a portable big screen on the North Concourse. That match is scheduled to kick of at 11:30 a.m. CT as NBC's lead-in to the broadcast of the FC Dallas game live from Toyota Stadium.
FREE FOOD: Attendees of Saturday morning's viewing party will be offered free CiCi's pizza (while supplies last) and can take advantage of some exclusive pre-game drink specials (cash only, good until 1 p.m.).
MERCH DEALS: The first 100 fans who make a purchase of $25 or more at the FC Dallas Team Shop will receive a free Fathead. Special gameday offers in the Team Shop also include $25 off jerseys and $5 off hats.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION: Fans are also encouraged to arrive early on Saturday morning to take part in an autograph session featuring select FC Dallas players on the North Concourse.
GIVEAWAYS: The first 5,000 people through the gates will receive FC Dallas Player Face Fans presented by Degree Men.
SKYDIVER: Just before kickoff, witness retired Sgt. First Class Dana Bowman as he parachutes into Toyota Stadium.
2013 HOME FINALE: Cheer on your FC Dallas in the final home game of 2013 against Clint Dempsey and Seattle Sounders FC presented by Degree Men in a match that will be nationally televised on NBC.
POST-GAME MATCH: All fans are encouraged to stay after FCD takes on the Sounders and cheer on your Special Olympics FC Dallas Team in a friendly game against FC Dallas Youth.
All you need in order to attend FC Dallas Fan Appreciation Day is a ticket to Saturday's game, so BUY YOURS NOW!
A late comeback wasn't enough for FCD tonight with Dallas falling to Chicago 3-2, eliminating Schellas Hyndman's men from MLS playoff contention. Here's all the highlights from tonight's match:
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS: Chicago Fire 3, FC Dallas 2
GOAL: Anangono puts the Fire in front off a nice header from a corner kick
GOAL: Magee inadvertently deflects a shot past Seitz
GOAL: Anibaba's brilliant strike puts the Fire up 3-0 early in the second half
GOAL: Kenny Cooper starts FCD comeback using his body to create a goal
PENALTY: Jackson taken down in the box
GOAL: Cooper scores his third goal in two games off a penalty kick
SAVE: Seitz keeps FCD alive with a breakaway save