Matt Hedges

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Matt Hedges
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Personal information
Full name Matthew James Hedges
Date of birth (1990-04-01) April 1, 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Rochester, New York, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
FC Dallas
Number 24
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2010 Butler Bulldogs 59 (12)
2011 North Carolina Tar Heels 26 (6)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Reading United 24 (4)
2012– FC Dallas 162 (12)
National team
2015– United States 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 31, 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of June 3, 2017

Matthew James "Matt" Hedges (born April 1, 1990) is an American soccer player who currently plays as a central defender for FC Dallas in Major League Soccer. Hedges has been one of the better defenders in MLS since 2014, landing on the MLS Best XI in 2015 and 2016, and winning the MLS Defender of the Year award in 2016.

Hedges also has two caps for the United States national team.

Career[edit]

College and Amateur[edit]

Hedges played college soccer at Butler University between 2008 and 2010, and at the University of North Carolina in 2011. During his time at Butler, Hedges was named NSCAA All-America Second Team as a junior, and he was also named Horizon League Defender of the Year in both his junior and sophomore years. After transferring to North Carolina, he was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year and NSCAA All-America First Team. He scored 6 times on the season and helped lead the Tar Heels defense to a 0.69 goals against average en route to the 2011 NCAA National Championship.

Hedges spent time with USL Premier Development League club Reading United in 2010 and 2011, scoring 4 goals in 24 appearances.[1]

Professional[edit]

FC Dallas selected Hedges in the first round (No. 11 overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.[2] He made his professional debut on April 5, 2012 in a 1–0 victory against the New England Revolution. Due to injuries and his excellent play for a rookie, he became a regular starter for the club. His first goal in the 2014 season was a header in the 90th minute against Sporting Kansas City off a free kick taken by Michel. The goal tied the game, 1–1.[3]

Hedges captained the team for the first time in 2014,[4] a move that eventually became permanent.[5] Since becoming captain, he has led the club into the MLS playoffs in both 2014 and 2015. Also in 2015, the club was the Western Conference regular season champions and Supporters' Shield runner-up. For the 2015 MLS season, he was named to the Best XI[6] and as a finalist for Defender of the Year.[7] Dallas was even more successful in 2016, winning the Supporters' Shield and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. Hedges was once again named to the Best XI[8] and this time, was the winner of the Defender of the Year award.[9]

International[edit]

Hedges made his United States men's national soccer team debut on February 8, 2015 when he came on as a substitute in the 72nd minute against Panama in a friendly.[10]

Honors[edit]

University of North Carolina[edit]

FC Dallas[edit]

Individual[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Andrew Jacobson
FC Dallas captain
2014–present
Incumbent