BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, October 5, 2010
This past Thursday, US national team head coach Bob Bradley announced the roster for the upcoming friendlies and one of the players he named who will hope to earn his first cap is FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea.
Shea, 20, is enjoying a breakout season for FC Dallas where he has started 21 out of 22 games and has scored five goals in addition to collecting four assists.
He is part of a very young team that has enjoyed a turnaround season from the previousone where they failed to make the playoffs. This year, Shea is a key contributor to FC Dallas who have third best overall record in MLS this season.
Shea's accomplishments this season were rewarded on Thursday morning when he was called into head coach Schellas Hyndman office and informed that he was named to the US national team's roster for the upcoming friendly.
"Yesterday [Coach] brought me into his office and told me," Shea told YA. "I haven't even talked to Bob Bradley yet. I am very happy with the call up. I just want to go out there and see how I am compared with everyone else. See how it goes."
Shea will certainly have a busy week coming up. This weekend he will play against the Chicago Fire in Dallas and then travel to meet with the US national team where he will practice.
He will then return to Dallas for a MLS game on October 9th against Colorado and will not take part in the US game against Poland.
Following the game against Colorado, Shea will then travel to Philadelphia and rejoin the US team for their game against Colombia on October 12th where he will hope to earn his first cap.
With the turn of events happening very quickly, Shea says he has no idea what to expect in the step up into international play but knows it will be a challenge.
He did, however, receive words of encouragement from his FC Dallas teammate Heath Pearce who also was called up for the game against Colombia.
"I just have to get out there and see what it's like," the College Station, Texas native admitted. "I think there will be a lot less mistakes. People are going to be a lot sharper. I will get out there and see. I am just looking forward to getting in and practicing with the guys to see what it is all about. I talked to Heath about it. He just told me congrats and just go out and have fun."
Shea has not worn the US jersey since last year when he represented the US at the U20 World Cup in Egypt. While that team did not advance to the knockout stages, Shea feels he is a different player now than last year thanks in large part to his regular playing time with a strong and energetic FC Dallas team.
"Definitely I feel like I have improved over this past year," Shea discussed. "I've been playing and contributing regularly and that has helped with my confidence and my composure. I like to get in behind the defenses and help the team. I have settled in out in the wide left position with Dallas and I've played every game."
Shea said the call up to the national team took him by surprise and he had no idea it was coming. The prospect of playing in his first senior international game has not set in yet but he is anxious for the days that lie ahead.
"I actually had no idea that I was going to get the call," Shea concluded. "I was excited to be honest. I didn't know how to react. I am not nervous, but maybe when I get in I will be."