FC Dallas announced Wednesday afternoon that they have re-signed third year defender Matt Hedges to a new multi-year contract.
The 23-year old was selected by FC Dallas in the first round (11th overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He logged career highs in games played (33), games started (32) and minutes played (2,793) last season, all of which were team highs. He scored three goals for FC Dallas in both 2012 and 2013.
"There has been an ongoing negotiation to extend our agreement with Matt Hedges since the end of the 2013 season," FC Dallas Technical Director Fernando Clavijo said in an issues press release by the team. "Matt has been better than anyone could have expected when we drafted him and his quality has really shown. We felt it was in the best interest of the club to extend his contract, and we were able to come to an agreement last week."
Hedges was likely on the final year of his rookie contract (typically those deals are four year deals, with either one or two options years). This will likely mean a solid pay raise as well for Hedges, who was on a total compensation deal of just over $64,000 last season.
I have to say that this extension for Hedges is completely deserved. Good to see the club show good faith in him based on his first two seasons. Better to get this deal done now than have it lingering over head all season too.