On the same day FC Dallas tore apart Real Salt Lake, three FC Dallas players got on the field for separate teams. Kellyn Acosta and Matt Hedges both saw minutes off the bench for the USMNT when USA played against Venezuela in a tune-up friendly to prepare for their World Cup Qualifiers coming up this week. Coy Craft also saw some time on the field, subbing on for OKC Energy as they played against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks.
FC Dallas fans have known for years that Matt Hedges deserves to be on the American national team, but the call-ups eluded him, and he only had 1 appearance for his country, which was as a sub in a 2015 friendly against Panama. New USMNT head coach Bruce Arena finally called in Hedges again for the annual MNT January Camp, but an injury held FC Dallas’ captain back from getting any action on the field. After starting the 2017 MLS season strongly with FC Dallas, Hedges was called in again by Arena, this time for the World Cup Qualifiers. Matt Hedges came in off the bench in the 56th minute for the US game on Saturday against Venezuela. He looked great and played with confidence. He was not tested often defensively, but he showed his ability to play from the back. He had several good lobbed passes into the attack to accompany his consistent ball movement he produced with the ball on the ground.
Many United States soccer fans have been hyping up Kellyn Acosta and his future role with the USMNT. Acosta also saw time off the bench against Venezuela, coming on in the 63rd minute. There was no disappointment to be had with Acosta’s performance. Acosta aided with ball distribution and had some sweet set pieces crosses, too. He was especially good at making sure he back tracked to dispel any danger from Venezuela and help the US regain possession.
Here is a video with all of Hedges’ and Acosta’s touches in the US friendly against Venezuela:
Like stated at the top, Coy Craft also got some minutes on Saturday, coming on as a substitute in OKC Energy FC’s disappointing loss to the Colorado Switchbacks off a goal scored in the last minute of stoppage time. Craft was decent in possession, but was not able to create much danger. He took OKC’s corner kicks, serving in some good crosses, but none of OKC’s players in the box could make anything out of them. Craft also took a free kick from a few feet outside the penalty box, but it sailed harmlessly over the goal. After that match, OKC had a game 3 days later, but Coy Craft was not even on the bench for that one.
Here were Craft’s contributions against the Switchbacks: