After being one of the players widely spoken about after being left off of Bob Bradley’s Gold Cup roster this summer, FC Dallas' Brek Shea gets a U.S. team call up.
The lanky FC Dallas attacking midfielder is having his best season as a pro with nine goals to his name, and on Thursday he was rewarded by being named to Jurgen Klinsmann’s first U.S. national team roster, set to face Mexico on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia.
“I’m excited to be back with the national team,” Shea told Goal.com exclusively on Thursday afternoon. “And the game against Mexico, coming from Texas that’s a big rivalry for me and I think the whole U.S. is pretty excited for that.”
Shea is among a number of young players called in by Klinsmann, including Freddy Adu and Jose Torres, and seemed excited to get a look at what the German manager will bring.
“I’m excited to get into camp and just see what Jurgen does and what he’s all about,” Shea said.
One of the big talking points early in the season for Dallas was the move of Shea to position along the back line, which was scrapped fairly early on. But the experience of playing on the back line can’t be written off. Shea has shown a new level of maturity since moving back forward, and his production and versatility make him an attractive young option for Klinsmann.
“I think when you play other positions, like when I played center back, you appreciate and learn how to stop attackers and midfielders,” he said. “And then when I play those positions I know what defenders are going to do. I kind of got to see a little bit of that and figure out what I didn’t like forwards doing to me when I played defense, so when I play against a defender I’m going to do that.”
Shea and FC Dallas qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League group stage on Wednesday night with a 1-0 win over Alianza FC and the club will face another tough match on Saturday against Los Angeles before the midfielder heads to Philadelphia to join up with the USA.