It’s silly season, so let’s have some fun, shall we?
Go back about ten years ago, and with the 2nd pick of the 2008 MLS SuperDraft, FC Dallas selected a lanky, funny-haired Texan by the name of Brek. And, boy, it was a fun few years of soccer:
First, I confess my bias. Brek was a joy to watch player soccer in those few years and was partly the reason why I got into watching FC Dallas. Sure, he wore out his welcome and had some visible conflicts with coaching staff, but he also did some things on the soccer field to change up the game and electrify the crowd. FCD landed a nice chunk of change for Brek when he joined Stoke City in 2013.
While Brek wasn’t able to cement a permanent spot in Europe, his career has continued back in MLS with over 90 appearances between Orlando City and Vancouver. He’s been a useful part of those rosters, as a starting left back or winger and often as a sub to change up the game.
One of my favorite USMNT memories of Brek is this huge assist at Azteca against a favored Mexico side:
At 28-years old with his option declined by Vancouver, Brek is now a free agent, and this could be a great opportunity for FC Dallas to bolster its squad with a flamboyant Texan at a position that could use some depth. Left back is one of the trickiest positions to find quality in any league, and FCD does have a solid starter with Pedroso. But it will be a long season. Brek wouldn’t take up an international slot and could play in other spots in case of injury. He’d be a great offensive-minded late game sub to run at defenders or serve as an aerial target.
For the most part, it appears that Brek’s maturity issues (whatever that means) are behind him. He’s a character and an artist and could even serve as a Stephen Keel-esque media presence to promote and hype FC Dallas online. Certainly, he’d have to be up to playing more of a rotational role and even serving as a mentor to youngsters who will be getting more minutes this season, but maybe bringing him home to Texas will be worthy of that kind of trade off.
I mean, doesn’t this stuff speak to a particular Texas sentiment?
FC Dallas, bring Brek home.
Or at least think about it.