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Shea stays, but does he start?

Could Jackson and Fabian Castillo relegate Brek Shea to a bench role early in the year?

Bob Levey

While you never say never on these kinds of things until the transfer window clock hits triple zeros, it certainly does seem that Brek Shea will stay in Dallas unless some unlikely last-minute transfer or trade comes along. Brek is still probably a couple weeks away from easing his way back into training, but when he does, the burning question in my mind is one that was practically unthinkable 12 months ago.

Does Brek Shea start for FC Dallas?

Yesterday, I wrote about Fabian Castillo for MLSsoccer.com and he had some big words as he heads into pre-season 2013, his third with the club.

"I think there's a lot of improvement I still need to see in my game," said Castillo. "This year I want to score more goals even though I had a good season last year. I want to be a breakout player and for this to be my breakout year. I want to make the All-Star team and to earn recognition as one of the top players in the league."

That doesn't sound like a player that's going to give up his starting spot easily. In his last 12 games, Castillo averaged .75 goals+assists per 90 minutes, a staggering number.

So you look on the other side of the field and there sits Jackson. He's not going to set the world on fire, but the fact remains that when he's on, he can reach All-Star levels in any given game. He came in last season having barely played at all at Cruzeiro and came into his own over the second half of the season.

When you factor in that Shea will probably not come back for another couple weeks, there certainly seems to be a scenario where Fabian Castillo and Jackson could relegate Brek Shea to a super sub role early in the season. Would that be such a bad thing? Could having to earn a starting spot back be the thing that motivates Brek and gets him back to the level we've seen in the past?

Just something I'm watching and thinking about as we get into the more serious weeks of pre-season.