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Defender Matt Hedges re-signs with FC Dallas

Hedges, 29, is a three-time MLS All-Star, two-time MLS Best XI selection, and was named MLS Defender of the Year in 2016

Apr 13, 2019; Frisco, TX, USA; FC Dallas defender Reto Ziegler (3) and defender Matt Hedges (24) celebrate the win over the Portland Timbers at Toyota Stadium. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)

FC Dallas has locked in a key defensive piece until at least 2022.

Matt Hedges has agreed to a new, three-year contract Tuesday that contains club options in 2023 and 2024. Dallas used Targeted Allocation Money to buy down part of Hedges’ new contract.

Additional terms of the deal, including salary, were not disclosed per club policy, though the 29-year-old earned $575,008 in guaranteed compensation last year, according to MLS Players Association Salary Guide.

Hedges has been a fixture in Dallas since being selected 11th overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He has made 243 MLS appearances and won the 2016 MLS Defender of the Year Award. He was also named to the MLS Best XI in 2015 and 2016 and also earned MLS All-Star team nods from 2017-19.

“I love the club, the players, the coaching staff and everything about it,” Hedges said in a prepared statement. “It makes sense for my family and me to re-sign and be here for the foreseeable future.”

The Rochester, New York native has also made five appearances with the U.S. men’s national team. In Hedges’ tenure with FC Dallas, the club has won the 2016 Supporter’s Shield and 2016 U.S. Open Cup.

“We’re thrilled that Matt has recommitted to FC Dallas on a long-term basis,” added FCD president Dan Hunt. “He is an important part of what we’re doing here and we’re going to continue to build around that foundation.”

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