With everything surrounding the big FC Dallas win over Vancouver on Wednesday night, we haven't really touched on Brek Shea's contribution to the USA's historic win over Mexico on Wednesday night. The big FCD winger continued his recent re-birth, subbing in for the last 15 minutes of a scoreless USA-Mexico match and proving to be the catalyst that won the game.
RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman found Shea making a trademark run down the left and the Texan nutmegged Mexico right back Severo Meza, most recently seen around these parts shutting down Neymar in Mexico's win over Brazil at Cowboys Stadium. Shea sent in a cross that was deflected and backheeled before Michael Orozco Fiscal tapped it home to give the United States a historic win.
The image of Shea, Terrence Boyd, and company celebrating the win is one that will live in US Soccer lore forever.
Now Brek returns to a high-flying FC Dallas squad heading to RSL this weekend with two wins in a row and an open spot on the left wing for Shea to step back into.
I was able to catch up with Schellas Hyndman this evening from Salt Lake City and got his reaction on Shea's night at Estadio Azteca
Was Brek Shea's assist on Wednesday the culmination of a few weeks of hard work?
I think it was a combination of a couple things. I do think it’s the hard work that he’s put in, but it’s not really the hard work. Brek’s always worked hard. Brek’s always a guy that stays after training and a guy that always gives his best and that’s why he’s one of the best in the country.
I think the last few weeks have gotten him grounded. I think the last few weeks got him enjoying the game again. I think he’s been able to put aside his frustrations and disappointments, but it was really good to see him come on and again what a great penetrating run he made and to get a goal out of it. If I was the national team coach I would’ve said wow that guy made a difference.
MNT vs. Mexico: Highlights - August 15, 2012 (via ussoccerdotcom)