| Matthew James Hedges|
44,000 USD (2012)
| (1990-04-01) April 1, 1990 (age 25)|
Rochester, New York, United States
FC Dallas (#24 / Defender), United States men's national soccer team (Defender)
Butler University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Oscar Pareja, Zach Loyd, Walker Zimmerman, Victor Ulloa, Fabian Castillo
Matt Hedges Wikipedia
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 four caps for the United States national team.
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.
FC Dallas selected Hedges in the first round (No. 11 overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. 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.
Hedges captained the team for the first time in 2014, a move that eventually became permanent. 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 and as a finalist for Defender of the Year. 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 and this time, was the winner of the Defender of the Year award.
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.NCAA National Champions: 2011
U.S. Open Cup: 2016
Supporters' Shield: 2016
United StatesCONCACAF Gold Cup (1): 2017
Horizon League Defender of the Year: 2009, 2010
ACC Defender of the Year: 2011
NCAA 1st Team All America: 2011
MLS Best XI: 2015, 2016
MLS Defender of the Year: 2016