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Let's talk silver and prizes...MLS Cup Toronto FC def. PortlandGolden Boot1 - Fanendo Adi, Portland2 - David Villa3 - Jozy AltidoreDefender of the Year1 - Matt Hedges, FC Dallas2 - Jelle Van Damme3 - Roman TorresRookie of the Year1 - Ian Harkes, D.C. United2 - Jackson Yueill3 - Nick LimaNewcomer of the Year1 - David Guzman, Portland2 - Jonathan Mensah3 - (tie) Nemanja Nikolic & Alberth

These were the greatest eight minutes in Sounders playoff history

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Sounders have never before led a playoff series by multiple goals.

In a span of eight minutes, the Seattle Sounders turned a tight MLS Playoff game into a blowout. Let's watch it again:

Here it is: The #Sounders 7-minute scoring spree. #SEAvDAL https://t.

D.C. United vs. FC Dallas MLS live stream: Time, preview, and how to watch online

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Two of MLS's best clubs will square off tonight in Texas.

After a long but much-needed break, D.C. United is back in action against an FC Dallas team that has three straight wins and three straight shutouts. The Hoops have settled on a lineup recently and are looking every bit like a Supporters Shield contender at the moment.

SBI MLS Best XI (Week Two)

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Jermain Defoe's MLS debut grabbed the headlines in MLS Week Two, but it was actually the week of the defender in Major League Soccer as several centerbacks and fullbacks stepped up with memorable performances worthy of a place in the SBI MLS Best XI.

Philadelphia Union

New away kit, a Union trialist, league news, more

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Union unveil their new away kit. Bild reports Faf Picault trialing with the Union.

Union bits and bobs, US Soccer postpones Division 2 decision, more

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Got news if you want it.

Power rankings drop for Union, Team Cameron, more news

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News? Yes.

Union find real value in draft, report says Linc to host Gold Cup final, Altidore signs with Toronto, more

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The Union's draft? Not too shabby, not too shabby at all. reports Linc to host Gold Cup final. Altidore-Defoe swap official. More news.

GAME THREAD: Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union

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The Union head to Dallas to try and make it two for two following the World Cup break.

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
July 4, 2014
9:00 PM ET
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Know Thy Enemy: Big D Soccer
Starting XI
Tesho Akindele, Blas Perez Forward Sebastien Le Toux, Conor Casey
Victor Ulloa, Adam Moffat, Je-Vaughn Watson, Andres Escobar Midfield Amobi Okugo, Michael Lahoud, Danny Cruz, Cristian Maidana
Moises Hernandez, Stephen Keel, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd Defense Fabinho, Sheanon Williams, Maurice Edu, Ray Gaddis
Chris Seitz Goalkeeper Zac MacMath
Raul Fernandez, Andrew Jacobson, Peter Luccin, Hendry Thomas, Michel, Mauro Diaz, David Texeira Bench Andre Blake, Austin Berry, Brian Carroll, Fred, Leo Fernandes, Aaron Wheeler, Andrew Wenger
Stats (Explained Here)

Injury update, problems with Fred signing, more quotes from Hack’s presser, more news

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Quotes from Hackworth's weekly press conference including injury update on Casey and Williams, Fred's status, and much more. More Union and league news. Etc., etc.

FC Dallas

Matt Hedges signs new contract with FC Dallas to 2020

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Less than a month after earning the MLS Defender of the Year honors for 2016, Matt Hedges has been rewarded for his efforts by FC Dallas.

The centerback has signed a new four-year contract with Dallas, locking him up through the 2020 season.

Hedges was largely influential to Dallas' defensive success during the 2016 season.

FC Dallas dumps Galaxy late in extra time to reach U.S. Open Cup final

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Just when it looked like Bruce Arena's star-studded second-half subs were going toput the LA Galaxy through to the U.S. Open Cup final, FC Dallas conjureda response. Then seconds away from the uncertainty of penalties, Dallas came up with another goalto decide Wednesday night's U.S. Open Cup semifinalon its own.

Portland Timbers at FC Dallas: How to Watch, Preview, Match Chat [6:00]

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The Portland Timbers are on the road again today, facing off against the wounded but dangerous FC Dallas. Coming up against an FCD side that has lost three on the trot, the Timbers should be ready to pounce, but need to remain wary of their opponents, who are back on their home turf where they are still undefeated in 2016.

Preview Interview: Portland Timbers at FC Dallas

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The Portland Timbers are still on the road following Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps and this time they are headed southeast, getting set to take on FC Dallas this evening in a midweek match. To get a good look at the Timbers' opposition, we talked to Drew Epperley of Big D Soccer and he answered a few of our questions coming into tonight's match.

MLS Ticker: Hedges, Crew, Atlanta United and more

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Following Week 7 action in MLS, the team at the top of the standings has reportedly received some bad news.

FC Dallas could be without centerback Matt Hedges for five-to-six weeks due to a torn meniscus. A report claims Hedges started feeling the problem after playing on the Portland Timbers' artificial surface at Providence Park, and the defender then missed FCD's home win against Sporting Kansas City on Sunday.

GAME THREAD: FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union

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It's time! It's time! It's Union time! And they're playing an MLS Cup contender. Ah geez.

Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Sunday, March 6, 2016
3:00 PM
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Online Streaming: MLS Live
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: Big D Soccer
Starting XI
Maximiliano Urruti Forward C.

HOW TO WATCH/GAME THREAD: Philadelphia Union vs. FC Dallas

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Snow chance the game gets postponed today.

PPL Park, Chester, PA
Saturday, March 21, 2015
4:00 PM ET
Univision Deportes - Jorge Perez Navarro and Diego Balado (use SAP button for English audio)
Game Preview by: Eugene
Know Thy Enemy: Big D Soccer
Starting XI
Fernando Aristeguieta Forward Fabian Castillo, Blas Perez, Tesho Akindele,

Andrew Wenger, Zach Pfeffer, Sebastien Le Toux

Vincent Nogueira, Maurice Edu

Midfield Victor Ulloa, Mauro Diaz, Michel
Ray Gaddis, Steven Vitoria, Ethan White, Sheanon Williams Defense Moises Hernandez, Matt Hedges, Zach Loyd, Atiba Harris
Rais M'Bolhi Goalkeeper Chris Seitz
John McCarthy, Fabinho, Richie Marquez, Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud, Eric Ayuk, Dzenan Catic Bench Jesse Gonzalez, Je-Vaughn Watson, Walker Zimmerman, Kellyn Acosta, Ryan Hollingshead, Kyle Bekker, David Texeira
Numbers of Note
6 - shots on goal for Blas Perez, tied for the lead in MLS through two games.

Brian Straus and Matt Hedges | Episode 502

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We talk about Minnesota United and go around the league with Sports Illustrated writer Brian Straus. In the second segment, FC Dallas and U.S. National Team defender Matt Hedges about part-time jobs, his EA Sports ranking, muscle cars and more.

Follow @BrianStraus on Twitter | Follow @Matt_Hedges on Twitter

Thanks for listening and don't forget to share (and rate on iTunes).

Match Day 2: Sporting KC at FC Dallas

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Sporting KC head on the road for the first time in the 2015 season as they've traveled to Dallas for their first match against a Western Conference opponent since their move back to the West this season. It'll be a familiar opponent for Kansas City though as the two MLS originals have met 49 times in the past, with KC leading the overall series 20-19-10.

FC Dallas’ Season Ended By Seattle Sounders; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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FC Dallas at Seattle Sounders on Monday night was just what the doctor ordered after a weekend of relative blowouts in the other three MLS Playoff Conference Semifinals. If 0-0 draws can be considered classics, the Dallas and Sounders clash surely must qualify with its frantic pace, controversial calls (or non-calls depending on who you ask), and almost-goals.

FC Dallas Friday Flurry – 10/17/14

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Here are your FC Dallas quick hits for Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.


FCD leads MLS in one-goal games this season, having played 18 of them. Dallas is 9-9-0 in such contests. Seattle, who has played 16 and is 10-6-0, is second in the league in one-goal games.

Second-half rally lifts streaking Sounders over FC Dallas

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SEATTLE Just call them the comeback kids.

After falling behind 1-0 early to visiting FC Dallas on Wednesday night, the Seattle Sounders once again delivered late magic.

With the score tied 1-1 in the 88th minute, Obafemi Martins collected a pass just outside the penalty area, spun on defender Matt Hedges, and found late substitute Kenny Cooper as he charged past the penalty spot.

SBI MLS Player of the Week: Matt Hedges

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Matt Hedges helped lead FC Dallas to victory Saturday against a strong Toronto FC side, assisting on the game-winning goal and scoring one of his own to keep FCD as the team to beat.

It was late in the 88th minute that Hedges helped FCD hold onto their No.

Late Perez tap-in lifts FC Dallas over Toronto FC

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It's good to have the Super Raton back.

Blas Perez, returned to the FC Dallas lineup after missing last week's match with a hamstring injury, scored in the waning minutes of regulation to give his team a dramatic 2-1 victory over Toronto FC at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

Hedges signed to new multi-year deal

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The previous two FC Dallas seasons were filled with dark clouds of disappointment, but the drafting and emergence of Matt Hedges certainly has been the team's silver lining. Today, Hedges was awarded for his hard-work and success with a multi-year contract.

The 23-year old defender, drafted in 2012, has been a constant in the lineup since his rookie year.

Hangin’ with Hedges

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I caught up with third-year FC Dallas center back Matt Hedges after training on Saturday and here's what the ex-North Carolina Tar Heel offered up on several different subjects:

How has preseason been thus far?

Hedges: Yeah, it was an interesting trip.

FC Dallas 2013 final report card

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It was a season that started so well, only to see the whole thing transform into one of Major League Soccer's most historic nose dives, and ultimately the resignation of FC Dallas' longest tenured coach.

Grading is about as subjective as process as there is. Everyone sees players in different lights and remembers different moments from the season.

Catching up with Matt Hedges

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Prior to Saturday's 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium, FC Dallas center back Matt Hedges had been the only member of the FCD roster to play in every game this season. However, Hedges' run came to an end when he didn't see the field against RSL over the weekend and that's not a bad thing.

Match Highlights: FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids

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Here are the match highlights of the FC Dallas game at Colorado Rapids.

Scoring Summary:
DAL – David Ferreira (Jair Benitez, Fabian Castillo) 51
COL – Vicente Sanchez 59
COL – own goal (Matt Hedges) 65

FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Kellyn Acosta, George John, Matt Hedges, Jair Benitez, Je-Vaughn Watson (Mauro Diaz 65), Erick (Kenny Cooper 82), Andrew Jacobson, David Ferreira, Jackson (Blas Perez 46), Fabian Castillo.

Matt Hedges ready to roll after short rest

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To say Matt Hedges has been a workhorse for FC Dallas this season is a gross understatement. The second-year center back currently leads FCD with 2,208 minutes played and is the only player on the club to have played in every game this season.

Sure, his string of 34 straight starts at center back was snapped earlier this year but Hedges came on and played the final minutes of that game, a 1-0 win over San Jose on May 25 which remains the last time FCD has won at home.

Looking at Individual FCD Scoring Droughts

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Seeing Matt Hedges find the back of the net in the 15th minute of Sunday's 3-3 draw with the LA Galaxy had to be immensely relieving for FCD, ending their franchise-record scoreless streak at 464 minutes. And Blas Perez had two of those three for Dallas. But that scoring outburst made this writer wonder when the last time some of the players we all expect to provide offense had scored?

FCD Numerology: No. 24 a Mixed Bag

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The No. 24 is kind of a middle-of-the-road number in the history of the Dallas Burn/FC Dallas. There have been some big names wear it like Eric Alexander, Brad Davis and even Heath Pearce but also some other names who many don't remember, guys like Justin Moore and Percy Olivares. Matt Hedges has worn these digits since he was drafted in the first round of the 2012 MLS Super Draft and he's already staked his claim for being included in that first group.

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Perry Kitchen, Steve Birnbaum Break Camp With U.S. Team for Upcoming Friendlies

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D.C. United players look to see some National Team time before the Regular Season Starts

U.S. Soccer announced earlier today the 23 man roster that will make the trip to Santiago to play Chile on January 28 and at Stub Hub Center in Carson, California on February 8 against Panama. D.C. United fans will notice that Steve Birnbaum (who it should be noted celebrated his 24th birthday yesterday) and Perry Kitchen made the list immediately, but here is the whole roster for your perusal:

GOALKEEPERS (3): Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (7): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.

Fantasy Focus: Kofi Corner

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With 79 points, Olsen's Army led the round. Sean Franklin (LA, $5.5M) played two games and contributed two clean sheets as captain to score 26 points. Backing him up was Matt Hedges (DAL, $5.4) with a clean sheet, a goal, and 14 points, as well as Dominic Oduro (CLB, $7.0M) with a goal, an assist, and 11 points.

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Fantasy Focus: Put it in your goaaaal! In your $%#!@$*& goaaaaal!

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Akindele is coming classy as hell with hat tricks.

Despite having just 10 players in the starting lineup play, RayoVallecano led us all with 73 points this round. The fourth club in Madrid was led by Fabian Castillo's (DAL, $6.6) 2 goals, 1 assist, and 16 points. Robbie Keane (LA, $11.6) assisted on a goal and scored an armband-aided 14 points, while both Matt Hedges (DAL, $8.

Fantasy Focus: Victor Bernardez? Victor Bernardez!

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An unexpected points leader shoots to the top of the scoring list

With D.C. United on bye, Fantasy Focus takes a more enjoyable tone this week. York River AFC led scorers this week with 80 points. Will Bruin (HOU, $8.3) wore the armband and scored 14 points, contributing a goal. Backing him up with 11 points each were Matt Hedges (DAL, $8.

The Rest

Acosta, Hedges, Manneh depart USMNT January camp

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Two players left U.S. Men's National Team camp due to injury while a third is set to join his MLS club team ahead of preseason.

Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges and Kekuta Manneh departed USMNT camp, leaving the roster at 28 players ahead of the team's two scheduled friendlies.

BSFC’s Burke scores winner in Jamaica’s Caribbean Cup win, Richter PK powers Cosmos to title, USA-Mexico fallout, more news.

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Blake captains Jamaica in Caribbean Cup qualifier as Burke scores game winner. Ryan Richter scores championship winning PK for Cosmos. Fallout for US loss to Mexico. More news.

Matt Hedges, 24, has been Mr. Reliable in middle of FC Dallas’ defense

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By STEVE HUNT / Special Contributor

Being captain is a relatively new experience for Matt Hedges. The third-year FC Dallas center back occasionally wore the armband as a senior at North Carolina, but he had never held a leadership role for an entire season, at least until this year.

Hedges, 24, has embraced the role, which he shared with midfielder Andrew Jacobson until Jacobson was traded in late July.