Okay so this isn't exactly one moment which is cheating a little bit, but ten years from now we will look back at 2011 as the year that Pizza Hut Park housed the most exciting young buck in US Soccer. The last remaining player on the roster to have played for a coach other than Schellas Hyndman at FC Dallas, Shea showed flashes of greatness in a 2010 season that produced 5 goals and 5 assists, but in 2011 he took things to a new level.
Spurred on by the loss of superstar David Ferreira, Shea was forced to shoulder the offensive load and responded with 11 goals and 4 assists, mostly scored in an unbelievable 3 month run through April, May and June. The 11 goals were second behind Landon Donovan for most from a non-traditional forward while the double teams he garnered from opposing defenses opened up space for other guys like Marvin Chavez and Fabian Castillo.
Shea scored both his first goal and assist in the game at Portland on April 17, but it was the wondergoal(or was it a cross?) against Los Angeles that started the rise to MLS Best XI level. No one would score more game winning goals than Brek Shea this year with his 5 and no one played a bigger part in keeping FC Dallas afloat during the middle months of the season.
The kid from College Station's play did not go un-noticed either as he has already become an integral part of the US Men's National Team setup at just 21 years old. Shea created the goal that saw US tie Mexico 1-1 and most recently started at Stade De France in Paris as the US dropped a 1-0 result to France. He is currently training at Arsenal and should return to the states in the next couple of weeks to rest before the 2012 pre-season starts.
For FC Dallas, Brek Shea has become the face of the franchise. While he is certainly set for a move to Europe in the coming years, 2012 is shaping up to be a year at Pizza Hut Park that is all about the young blonde kid as he takes his next step in career progression. There are some who may worry about the FC Dallas attack next season, but if they can find a top level forward, the combination of that player with Shea, Ferreira, Chavez, Luna and Castillo could be scary good.
Shea has the potential to be the best attacking player the United States has ever developed and watching him grow in 2012 will be a real treat for all FCD fans. Also on the radar for Brek is the upcoming 2012 Olympics where he should be one of the main faces and attacking threats for Team USA.
Check out some of these videos of Shea's 2011 success.
Brek-ing Bad (August 16th Update) (via FCDCommunications)
Brek Shea FC Dallas Career Highlights (via FCDCommunications)
Brek Shea: Artist (via mls)