For the first time since January, FC Dallas has a player called into a US Men's National Team camp for a friendly. Today, new manager Jurgen Klinsmann released his 22-man roster for the upcoming friendly with Mexico (on Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia) and FC Dallas' own Brek Shea was listed on the roster.
This is Shea's third call-up for the US, his first since the Chile friendly earlier this year. Funny to think that Shea's first cap with the US came in Philadelphia back in 2010 when the US played Colombia.
With nine goals on the year for Dallas in MLS, it was only a matter of time before someone would take notice and call him up.
(Read on for the rest of the roster)
Busy week for Shea. Thankfully he's a young kid that should be able to handle this sort of travel load. From bouncing around El Salvador and Canada last week, and now he'll go to LA and then Philadelphia. Thankfully for Dallas, FCD plays in Philadelphia next weekend. More than likely he'll remain in Philadelphia after the US game concludes.
Big time honor. Huge, huge honor for Shea and for Dallas really. We've talked a lot this year about how guys deserve a look and another chance with the USMNT, we're finally getting it here.
Don't be shocked if he or Loyd, John or Ihemelu get called later on too. With friendlies coming up in September, I'd expect we'll see at least more more call up for a FCD player, if not a couple. I doubt the Belgium game will see too many MLSers but the Costa Rica game on September 2nd could see a very MLS feel to it. I got a feeling if things continue to go like they have for Dallas that Ugo Ihemelu, George John or Zach Loyd could all get looked at here for that game.
What do you make of this roster for the US?
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), José Torres (Pachuca)