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A Few Brek Shea Leftovers from the Weekend

FRISCO TX - JULY 17:  Midfielder Brek Shea #20 of FC Dallas dribbles the ball past Will Johnson #8 of Real Salt Lake at Pizza Hut Park on July 17 2010 in Frisco Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
FRISCO TX - JULY 17: Midfielder Brek Shea #20 of FC Dallas dribbles the ball past Will Johnson #8 of Real Salt Lake at Pizza Hut Park on July 17 2010 in Frisco Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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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.

FCD's newest bigwig, Cesar Velasco, addressed the rumors surrounding Shea

"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 impressed the great Brian Straus of Sporting News 

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