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FRISCO (AP) – FC Dallas has signed MLS defender of the year Matt Hedges to a four-year contract.

Hedges helped FC Dallas win the U.S. Open Cup and the Supporters Shield, which goes to the team with the best record in the regular season. FC Dallas lost to Seattle in the Western Conference semifinals.

FC Dallas was 13-4-9 when Hedges started, allowing 23 goals in those 26 games. The club gave up 17 goals in the eight matches that the former North Carolina player didn’t start. Hedges was in the lineup for 11 of the team’s 12 shutouts.

The 26-year-old Hedges was the 11th overall pick by FC Dallas in the 2012 draft.

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