One thing that was pretty noticeable on Saturday after the 2-2 draw to Sporting Kansas City was of second year defender Matt Hedges walking around the FC Dallas locker room with a boot on his right foot.
As many of you already know, Hedges was subbed out at halftime by Walker Zimmerman during Saturday's game. Zimmerman would go on to score the game-tying goal, which made the story line about Hedges a forgotten one.
"Yeah, if you remember when they had that breakout in the first half and Sapong went through him, as I said to the linesman that was deserving of a card because he [Hedges] is hurt," Hyndman said. "He lost the ball. He lost possession of the ball and then he just went through a player trying to stop the play. But saying that, Hedges is another good one for us and very competitive, so we're hoping that he gets back."
The club resumed training today, a recovery session that Hyndman stated would be fairly light. Hedges will be held out of training tomorrow as the club ramps things up for the Portland game on Wednesday. Thankfully for Dallas, they have the depth to cope with the loss of Hedges for a few days. The U-20 national team's loss was certainly Dallas' gain on Saturday night and likely even more going forward.
"[The US U-20s] definitely could have used him," Hyndman said of Zimmerman. "We were surprised that he wasn't on the roster, but at the same time, those coaches made decisions for their own reasons. We like Walker a lot and I think the more you see him, the more you are going to like him."
With the amount of games on the horizon as FC Dallas advances through the US Open Cup, the better it is to have a third and fourth player on the depth chart at center back (Stephen Keel is still there as well).