Progress seems afoot in the Brek Shea recovery bid
In the end, two games away may do a universe of good for Brek Shea, the young U.S. international winger whose performance has gone so alarmingly off track.
It sounds like the break – which is apparently more about getting the young man’s mind right and less about discipline related to the incident in San Jose two weeks ago – is already paying off. Here’s what FC Dallas manager Schellas Hyndman said about Shea following Saturday’s loss to Los Angeles. Like the week before, Shea was left out of the 18-man game-day roster.
Shea is 22, but just now dealing with the first real hardships of his professional career. The devastating Olympic gut-punch was just a start. Then came a turf toe injury, the team’s struggles, his exclusion from a huge, month-long U.S. national team camp, more team struggles, being asked to play out of position … and all the personal performance worries that acted as an accelerant on it all.
Hyndman said things began looking up during the final two practices before last week’s match: