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Saturday, September 3, 2011
Brek Shea goes 90+ for US in friendly

By Buzz Carrick

FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea started and played 90+ minutes for the US on Friday night in a 1-0 loss to Costa Rica. Shea was particularly strong in the first half but may have tired late with the massive amount of games he has played in the last few weeks.

Despite the heavy work load, Shea was singled out by his coach in the post match TV interview as being a dangerous attacking force. Perhaps the best US chance was created by Shea and Altidore combing down the left side. After beating a few defenders Shea found a charging Landon Donovan at the wide open back side of the bos, only to have Donovan miss the far post.

In coach Jurgen Klinsmann's 1-11 no name, Shea was wearing the #11 a very appropriate number for a winger. Zach Loyd had originally been called into this US camp with Shea, but was replaced due to injury.

USA : 1-Tim Howard; 2-Timmy Chandler, 4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 5-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 3-Edgar Castillo; 6-Maurice Edu, 10-Landon Donovan, 8-Jose Torres; 7-Robbie Rogers (16-Sacha Kljestan, 66), 9-Jozy Altidore (18-Juan Agudelo , 63), 11-Brek Shea

PS. Came across this nice little off-field Q&A with Brek Shea on the US site. It's worth a quick read.