Conversation with the Captain: Matt Hedges

Matt Hedges plays in FCDvHOU

FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges is thrilled with how the team has performed over the last two league games with FC Dallas on a two game shutout streak.

“It feels great to have two great league games in a row,” he said. “We had a bad mid-week game, but two shutout wins against two good teams makes it feel better.”

FC Dallas for the first time all season will have a pretty standard schedule with no Friday or Sunday games until August 2. Hedges knows keeping the same routine during the stretch will be a lot easier on him and the rest of his teammates.

“It will be a lot easier on us,” he said. “We will have the same routine and be able to take care of our bodies better and not rush anything ┬ábecause of mid-week games or travel so that will be better on us.”

Atiba Harris has really shined over the last two games for FC Dallas and Hedges knows how important he has been in the last two wins.

“Atiba gets forward a lot and that presents a challenge to the other team,” he said. “He wins a lot of balls on defense and also causes teams to defend him when he gets forward. It makes my life easier with him being a veteran since he knows what to do.”

FC Dallas goes against an Orlando City SC squad that is missing Kaka and Cyle Larin. Even with those two gone, Hedges knows the team must perform as well as if both of those players were there.

“We had been preparing for Kaka and others missing from Orlando like they would be there,” he said. “We need to get a win on the road so we will look to keep the same intensity as if they had a full squad.”

With this being FC Dallas first game at Orlando this Saturday many expect it to be a difficult challenge for the team. Hedges is reminding them of past experiences at other stadiums to help with this game.

“Even though we have not played at Orlando, we have played at big stadiums on turf like we did against Portland,” he said. “The message is we need to improve on the road. We need to get points on the road. We do well at home and we need to take that same intensity on the road.”

FC Dallas travel to Orlando City SC with a game time at 6:30 PM on Saturday. The game can be seen on MLS Live.

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