Conversation with the Captain: July 1, 2014

Hedges-captain-9356FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges is feeling good after a 2-0 win over Houston to clinch the Texas Derby for a third straight year. Hedges was happy to see his team get a clean sheet against the Dynamo, and discussed tonight’s match against Sporting Kansas City in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup Round of 16.

“Felt good to get the shutout, ” he said. “It was one of our best defensive performances of the year and they only had one or two chances so we played really well.”

One player who really stepped up his game was Atiba Harris who started in place of Moises Hernandez. Hedges knows how much he stepped up to the challenge in order to get the shutout.

“Atiba did extremely well,”  he said. “All four of us in the back along with Victor (Ulloa) and Kellyn (Acosta) all played very well in order to get the shutout.”

Hedges and the rest of the team have an interesting week as they travel to Sporting Kansas City tonight for the Open Cup and then return back for a July 4 game against the New England Revolution.  Hedges knows the message is the same no matter how many games they play.

“We need to go out and win every game,” he said. “The message is the same for each game as we want to win every game on the schedule.”

Hedges feels this team may have some of their confidence back that they had earlier in the season before the winless streak.

“Getting our swagger back was bound to happen after we got a win,” he said. “Every team goes through a bad streak, but it is up to the team to bounce back well after it happens.”

FC Dallas travel to Sporting Kansas City for the U.S. Open Cup tonight at 7:30. They then host the New England Revolution Saturday night at 8 PM.

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