My apologies for going AWOL this weekend, sometimes the (higher) paying job(s) get in the way unfortunately. Here's a few leftovers from the weekend. I only caught bits and pieces of Saturday's game, but by all accounts the youngster is one of the best things the US has going for it right now. Let's hope he can regain his form for FCD heading into the playoff run.
Over the weekend, Brek Shea made deadspin
What Jürgen Klinsmann's doing by giving fresh, young faces like Brek Shea a shot to contribute to the U.S. Men's National Team might be exactly what the American soccer needed to evolve beyond second-tier international relegation.But that doesn't mean Shea falling all over his feet rather than capitalizing on a golden opportunity shouldn't be the source of at least a giggle.
"We have no information regarding any talks or communication around interest in Brek from any Club," said Cesar Velasco, Senior Director of Communications & International Business Development for FC Dallas. "He is signed until 2015 and our intention is for him to be part of our organization for the long term."
Shea will continue to develop, but it’s clear he has all the tools. He combined very well with left back Timmy Chandler, the third 21-year-old who should be a U.S. fixture for years to come. The German-born defender eventually may succeed Cherundolo on the right, but for now his speed, skill and ability to run the flanks may make him a U.S. regular
Brek earned the highest grade from the USA midfielders in one player grades story
With every game he plays, the tall Texan looks more and more like the second coming of Clint Dempsey. Shea is feisty, committed, clever and anything but shy when it comes to assaulting the goal. His flubbed strike in the 53rd minute, however, was one of the worst misses you will ever see — a true howler. Grade: 7