When it comes to the face of the franchises in the DFW metroplex, no question the Mavericks have Dirk. Whether you like it or not, Tony Romo is more associated with the Cowboys than any current player. The Rangers, you could probably take your pick between Josh Hamilton and Michael Young. But there is one player that has flown under the radar who’s just as important to his organization as those previously mentioned, and that player is Brek Shea.
The 22-year old winger from College Station came into the spotlight last season for FC Dallas. Shea led the club with 11 goals, added four assists, and became an MLS All-Star. He was a breath of fresh air for the club, coming off the loss to the Colorado Rapids in the MLS Cup and an injury early in the 2011 season to reigning league MVP David Ferreira.
Shea also had a breakout year with the U.S. National Team, playing 505 minutes in eight matches. He was recently named to the U.S. U-23 National Team, and contributed right away by finding the back of the net in a scrimmage against the NASL Atlanta Silverbacks. Shea also trained with Arsenal of the English Premier League during the MLS offseason. It’s quite a resume in a short period of time on the soccer field, and he may have just scratched the surface.
With these accomplishments comes attention. Opposing clubs will focus more on shutting Shea down, and his name is starting to become more noticeable in the local sports scene. Of course, the various hairstyles doesn’t hurt either. In a city dominated by the Cowboys and now the Rangers, FC Dallas needed someone to carry the organization to the next level.
They may have found the horse that can carry them.
Written by C. James