Hedges was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
2016: For the third consecutive season Hedges, was named FC Dallas defender of the year honors… Scored one regular-season goal in a 4-0 win over Orlando City SC on July 4... Added two vital goals in Dallas’ Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship run: the first tied the semifinal match against the Galaxy, 1-1, in overtime, the second came in the 40th minute of FCD’s 4-2 victory against the New England Revolution in the final… Found the back of the net in an eventual 5-2 win against Suchitepéquez, which pushed Dallas through to the quarterfinal round of the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League tournament… Anchored a back line that recorded 12 shutouts, the second-most in MLS behind Colorado (13)… On the field for 11 of Dallas’ 12 clean sheets… Dallas allowed an average 0.88 goals per game with him on the field that number rose to 2.25 goals per game without... FCD finished the regular season with a 13-4-9 record in matches he started
2015: Started 34 of 35 matches played this season… Scored only goal of the season on the 77th minute versus Montreal Impact on May 23…Played 61 minutes versus Sporting KC on US Open Cup… Recorded one assist on the 86th minute versus LA Galaxy, setting up Harris on a 3-2 defeat
2014: Since making his professional debut on 4/5/12, Hedges has appeared in 93 of FC Dallas’ 97 regular season matches… Was named to the MLS Team of the Week a team-high five times… Was named team captain by head coach Oscar Pareja… Matched career highs in games started (32) and goals (3)… His first career assist was a game-winning assist in a 2-1 win against Toronto FC on 4/19… Hedges also scored in the 37th minute of that match to earn his first three-point game.
2013: Logged career highs in games played (33), games started (32) and minutes played (2793)… Also led FC Dallas in all three categories… Scored three goals… vs. Vancouver on April 27… vs. LA on Aug. 11 and vs. Seattle on Oct. 19.
2012: Named Soccer by Ives’ Rookie of the Week following Dallas’ 2-1 win over Vancouver on Sept. 15… Hedges (1,932) overtook Zach Loyd (1,769 in 2010) for the most minutes played by a Dallas rookie in the 18th minute of Dallas’ 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Oct. 7… He finished the season with 2,022 minutes played and three goals.
2017: Earned a call-up to Bruce Arena's first January Camp back at the helm of the USMNT...returned to Dallas early due to injury.
2015: Made his USMNT debut on February 8 on a friendly versus Panama when subbed in on the 72nd minute…The US went to win the match 2-0.
Hedges started 85 matches during his college career. He began his college soccer experience at Butler University, where he played three seasons, scoring 12 goals and compiling 72 shots as a defender. Hedges played his senior season at the University of North Carolina. He scored six goals and had one assist, while starting all 20 games as a member of a stout Tarheel defense, which won the 2011 NCAA Championship.
Matthew James Hedges is the son of Jim and Donna Hedges Born April 1, 1990 in Rochester, N.Y. His sister played soccer at Wisconsin… His mother played basketball at Morehead State and his father played golf at Morehead State Hedges majored in economics at Carolina… Hobbies include playing FIFA on PlayStation 3 and watching soccer… Favorite soccer memory was when he was selected by FCD in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.