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Matt Hedges earns United States national team call-up

Hedges finally gets the call.

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Matt Hedges earns his first international call up from United States national team boss Jurgen Klinsmann, joining FC Dallas teammate Tesho Akindele.

After calling in 28 players to the USMNT January camp and leaving FC Dallas' Hedges at home once again, Klinsmann received a lot of flack from fans. The call is well deserved and about time.

Hedges is one of now 29 players attending the camp in Carson, California, and one of 15 members of the roster uncapped by the US.

The camp began Monday and will end Feb. 8. After 12 days in California, the team will head to Santiago in Chile for training from Jan. 25 to Jan. 29 as it prepares for its first friendly of the year against fellow 2014 World Cup side Chile on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at Estadio El Teniente in Rancagua. The camp ends with a friendly against Panama at the StubHub Center on Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. PT.


GOALKEEPERS (4): Alex Bono (unattached), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (8): Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Steve Birnbaum (D.C. United),Christian Dean (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas), Jermaine Jones (New England Revolution), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United), Shane O'Neill (Colorado Rapids), Oscar Sorto (LA Galaxy)

MIDFIELDERS (10): Michael Bradley (Toronto FC), Mix Diskerud (out of contract), Dennis Flores (Club Leon), Luis Gil (Real Salt Lake), Miguel Ibarra (Minnesota United FC), Lee Nguyen (New England Revolution), Marc Pelosi (Liverpool), Dillon Serna(Colorado Rapids), Brek Shea (Orlando City SC), Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC)

FORWARDS (6): Tesho Akindele (FC Dallas), Clint Dempsey (Seattle Sounders FC),Julio Morales (Tepic), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Bobby Wood (1860 Munich), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy)

FC Dallas joins Colorado Rapids, LA Galaxy, New England Revolution, and Seattle Sounders as clubs with two players in the camp.

This is great news for FCD fans. Having two players with the USMNT will do wonders for the club.