113208701 Hernandez To Become Player Coach For FC Dallas

Daniel Hernandez of FC Dallas runs during an MLS soccer match. (credit: Rich Lam/Getty Images)

DALLAS (AP) – FC Dallas has signed 34-year-old midfielder and captain Daniel Hernandez to a three-year contract to serve as a player-coach.

Under the deal signed Wednesday, the 13-year veteran will play for at least one more season before joining head coach Schellas Hyndman’s staff.

The SMU alumnus joined FC Dallas in 2009 after two years in the Mexican Primera Division. Previously, the Tyler, Texas, native played for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Tampa Bay Mutiny, MetroStars and New England Revolution in Major League Soccer, as well as for the Mexican club Necaxa.

Hernandez has played a total of 61 games for FC Dallas, including a 2010 campaign that ended in the MLS CUP final. However, he has struggled with knee issues over the past two seasons, undergoing offseason surgery before the 2011 season.

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