FC Dallas acquires Picault, extends Hedges’ contract

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FC Dallas acquired ahead Fafa Picault from the Philadelphia Union in alternate for $300,000 of 2020 Basic Allocation Cash and in addition signed defensive stalwart Matt Hedges to a three-year contract extension.

FILE PHOTO: Oct 20, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Union ahead Fafa Picault (9) collides with New York Purple Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles (31) through the second half at Talen Power Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports activities

Philadelphia may obtain as much as $75,000 in extra GAM for 2021 if Picault meets efficiency metrics.

Picault, 28, had 21 objectives and 12 assists in 89 video games throughout three seasons for the Union. He had a career-best 10 objectives in 2018.

Final season, Picault had 4 objectives and 4 assists in 32 video games (21 begins).

“We thank Fafa for his time served with the Philadelphia Union,” Philadelphia sporting director Ernst Tanner mentioned in a press release. “His charisma on and off the sector produced many notable moments for the membership. Given our confidence with our roster on the place, that is the very best transfer for membership and an excellent alternative for the participant.”

Picault has had two temporary stints with the U.S. nationwide group in 2016 and 2018 however has failed to stay on the worldwide degree.

Hedges, 29, is now signed via the 2022 season with membership choices for the next two seasons. His 236 begins and 20,848 minutes performed are franchise data.

“We’re thrilled that Matt has recommitted to FC Dallas on a long-term foundation,” group president Dan Hunt mentioned in a press release. “He is a crucial a part of what we’re doing right here and we’re going to proceed to construct round that basis.”

Hedges has been an MLS All-Star in every of the previous three seasons. He has 16 objectives and three assists throughout his eight seasons with the membership.

Hedges made $550,000 in base wage in 2019.

—Subject Degree Media