Wednesday, October 7, 2009
FC Dallas forward Brek Shea says that rumors of his move during the January transfer window to Premiership club Fulham are unfounded.

Reports earlier in the week surfaced that Fulham had their eye on Shea and that a $3.2 million transfer would occur during the winter transfer period.

However, the news of his move to England came as a surprise to the US Under-20 international who was quick to refute any talk that he would hopping across the Atlantic after the new year.

"I don't know anything about a Fulham move," Shea recently told YA. "Someone told me about it yesterday and it was the first I had heard about it."

The native of College Station, Texas also insisted that there has been no communication between himself and the London club.

"I've had no contact with Fulham," stated Shea. "I'm not really sure where that news came from."

The second overall pick in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft started and went the full 90 minutes in each of the US' three games at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt.

Shea resumes MLS play on Wednesday night as FC Dallas visit San Jose.
Tuesday October 20, 2009 1:03 am
Shea's position as a pro is LB maybe a midfielder. He is not a forward no matter what USSF or Rongen thinks he is. He just doesn't have a good enough first touch to be a threatening forward. If USA still insists he try and develop as a forward or attacking player, he will basically be Eddie Johnson. A fast guy with physical tools who can't beat anyone or finish.
Friday October 9, 2009 1:10 pm
Manchester United is owned by Americans; the Glazers, who also own the NFL Tampa Bay Bucs. Perhaps they can lead the way in developing USA talent in the Premiership and other elite overseas leagues.

North American players at all levels have to steadily demonstrate and display the motivation and determination to consistently give their all for both national and personal pride, no matter where they are playing. This consistency of steadfast efforts will overcome whatever slights, (real or exaggerated) being misdirected against North American players by the rest of the soccer playing world.

Throughout the world, Americans in general are recognized for these, and other stalwart, never say die qualities, which have long made Americans admired, and also often envied by the rest of the world.

Ed C.
Thursday October 8, 2009 9:13 am
I agree Reiter. Face it, there isn't much development for any young player in MLS. If Fulham see potential, then that would be great for the kid and also for the USA.

Some rich American needs to buy a team in Europe, perhaps Belgium, and stuff it with American players, where there isn't the green card problem. Such a team (and there are many struggling financially which would make the sale quite inexpensive) could have a core of Yanks with some Euros sprinkled around. And yeah, call it a "feeder" club like some are, for instance Beveren was for Arsenal and also Man Utd with their Royal Antwerp agreement.

Anybody know any rich soccer fanatics with a couple million to spare?!?
Thursday October 8, 2009 8:53 am
Shea was easily one of the best players for the U.S. at the U20, which isn't necesarily saying that much. But still, he was solid and worked hard. was dangerous on offensive AND did his defensive hustling. He was also smarter with the ball than most of the rest of the team. So I don't get the dissing. Of course, a move to fulham or anywhere else is premature. but the kid's got talent. no reason to be so negative.
Thursday October 8, 2009 12:38 am
I get that I'm just being a fanboy, but its really crazy hearing a guy I've trained with be mentioned as going to a club like Fulham at so young an age.

I wouldn't say he was awful, certainly was one of the more active players in the team if you ask me. But being better than average in some awful team performances doesn't say much.
Wednesday October 7, 2009 4:09 pm
I don't think he could get a work permit anyway.
Wednesday October 7, 2009 3:59 pm
He was soooo bad at the u20 world cup. I'm very sceptical that he will have a career outside of the mls, he has the physical tools but no brains in his feet.
Eric B
Wednesday October 7, 2009 2:52 pm
His agent probably created the rumor for buzz, since his U-20 performance was less than stellar. I think he has the tools to be a solid player and will need some European move to make it happen!

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