FC Dallas center back and captain Matt Hedges knows his team faces elimination this weekend in the second leg of the Western Conference semi-finals. Hedges is confident though heading into the game on Sunday. “We’re […]
FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges knows how important each point is down the stretch and knows how big the 3-0 win was in Columbus. Hedges was pleased with how well the defense performed in the win.
“The defensive performance was huge for us,” he said. “The first half we did alright, but as soon we got that first goal, I thought it was a good tactical switch to bring Walker into the game to get five in the back and they did not get many great chances after that.”
With all the new faces starting last weekend, Hedges knew he had to really make sure everybody was lined up in the right spot as well as making sure the defense holds a clean sheet.
“Obviously it’s not going to be perfect since they’re new,” he said. “They did pretty well though for it being their first time.”
Hedges was thrilled to see fellow defender Atiba Harris get his first goal in just about one year as the right back headed in a corner kick to give FC Dallas the lead.
“We were all happy to see him score,” he said. “He puts in a lot of work and he is a good guy in the locker room so you want to see him succeed.”
Hedges knows that each point is crucial in the extremely tight Western Conference and he also knows each point could be the difference between first in the west or out of the playoffs.
“Every point is crucial right now,” he said. “The Columbus win was the best possible outcome for us and with one or two more wins we will likely be set for the playoffs and then can focus on getting first in the West.”
Hedges is also relieved knowing FC Dallas controls their own destiny into the playoffs and getting the one seed at the end of the season.
“We just have to focus on our gameplan and focus just on our games,” he said. “We don’t have to worry about what other teams do because having to do that sucks.”
FC 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. Continue reading →
FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges missed the game against the Seattle Sounders as he is fighting through a hamstring injury. Hedges feels he is getting better and hopeful he can play this Friday at Colorado. […]
FC Dallas captain Matt Hedges knows last week was not his best performance as FC Dallas lost to Sporting Kansas City 4-0 last week. Hedges was pretty blunt with his overall performance in the loss last Saturday as he takes a lot of blame for how the game went.
“If I could rate my performance less than zero I would,” he said. “It was the worst performance I have ever had in the league and it is disappointing because I felt I let my teammates down and losing 4-0 is unacceptable for this team.”
Hedges has looked over the film against Sporting and had a rough time picking out one thing that lead to the downfall last Saturday.
“We were pretty bad in all aspects,” he said. “Our shape was off and we lost a lot of one-on-one battles which lead to Sporting doing whatever they wanted to against us.”
The message for this team from Hedges is pretty simple this week heading into San Jose on Sunday as the team looks to bounce back from the loss as Hedges will use the same message he used after the 4-0 loss to Colorado at home.
“My message will be the same for when this happened against Colorado,” he said. “We need to respond and go out there and kick somebody’s ass. We need to do to San Jose what Sporting did to us and kill somebody.”