Matt Hedges

Matt Hedges
Matt Hedges
Matt Hedges
Defender
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Real Name: Matt Hedges
HT: 6' 4" WT: 185
Age: 29 (04/01/1990)
Birthplace: Rochester, NY
Hometown: Carmel, IND

Acquired

Hedges was selected in the first round (11thoverall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.

Professional

2018: Hedges appeared in 33 MLS regular season games, one playoff game, two CONCACAF Champions League games and two U.S. Open Cup games…he scored three goals and notched one assist in all competitions…Hedges was a second-half substitute in the 2018 MLS All-Star game against Juventus on Aug. 1…Named to the MLS Team of the Week following a 2-0 win on April 21 vs. Philadelphia...Led the team with nine tackles on June 23 vs. NY Red Bulls…Scored his first goal of the season on July 21 vs. Houston and had a 94.8% passing accuracy…Scored a game-winning goal for his second of the season and led the team in defensive clearances and interceptions vs. Vancouver Whitecaps on Sept. 23…Had a team-high seven clearances and a game-high six interceptions vs. D.C. United on Oct. 3…Had eight clearances and three interceptions vs. SKC on Oct. 21, leading FC Dallas in both categories…Scored a goal and led the team with three clearances vs. Portland Timbers on Oct. 31…2017:Hedges started in 27 regular season games, four CONCACAF Champions League games and one U.S. Open Cup game… Scored two goals… He scored a header in the 67th minute in the 3-0 win over Real Salt Lake on May 6… Was one of five players who found the back of the net in the season finale against LA Galaxy on Oct. 22, scored in the 41st minute… Anchored the back line that recorded 9 shutouts and started in all of Dallas’ clean sheets… Was selected by All-Star and Chicago Fire head coach Veljko Paunović, along with Hernan Grana, to represent the MLS in the MLS All-Star Game… Named to the MLS Team of the Week following a 0-0 draw in Sporting Kansas City on March 11 with a team-high six clearances and three interceptions, allowing only two shots on target… Had MLS Team of the Week honors for Week 10 and Week 31… Recorded 2,425 minutes played… 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 40thminute 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 77thminute versus Montreal Impact on May 23…Played 61 minutes versus Sporting KC on US Open Cup… Recorded one assist on the 86thminute 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 37thminute 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 18thminute of Dallas’ 1-1 draw with Chivas USA on Oct. 7… He finished the season with 2,022 minutes played and three goals.

International

2017: Capped four times… Got called up by Bruce Arena to USMNT for international friendlies against Venezuela for a 1-1 draw on June 3 and Ghana (2-1 win) on July 1… later returned to USMNT for the 2017 Gold Cup and started in the 3-2 win against Martinique and the 2-0 win against El Salvador… 2015: Made his USMNT debut on February 8 on a friendly versus Panama when subbed in on the 72ndminute…The US went to win the match 2-0.


College

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.

Personal

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.

 


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Stats

MLS
Career Statistics (Regular Season)
YearClubGPGSGMINSASHTSSOGFCOFFYR
2019FC Dallas1515013091516021
2018FC Dallas333322925015730080
2017FC Dallas272722425025921070
2016FC Dallas262612334010528250
2015FC Dallas313012675110126240
2014FC Dallas323232790119629240
2013FC Dallas333232793013419110
2012FC Dallas282332022012520110
Career Totals-22521815192733109381798321
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