Dallas Soccer: US National Team

Brek Shea with game tying assist for US against Mexico

August, 11, 2011
Brek Shea came on as a sub for the US on Wednesday in the 60th minute of the debut of new US National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Just getting on the field for the new coach had to be a kind of victory for the young Shea who felt he didn't play well in the last US camp he attended under Bob Bradley. "I was excited and nervous that night," Shea said comparing his last call up with this game against Mexico. "It was way faster compared to the soccer I’ve been playing. Today, I just got in there, relaxed and did what I had to do. I got a lot of playing time this year, and that definitely helps in raising confidence, and Coach Klinsmann also brings positive energy. He’s all about if you mess up, it’s not a big deal, you move on."

But just getting on the pitch wasn't enough for Shea as he notched the assist on Robbie Rogers game typing goal. The goal came off a throw in when the ball thrown behind the defense was played back to a cutting Shea. The FCD winger split the Mexican back line and crossed to a wide open Rogers for the goal.

The new coach had alot to say about the young FCD winger. "We know the qualities of a player before we call him in. He has the qualities to take people on. He has tremendous pace. He’s driving to the goal and he wants to score; he has a drive into the box. Besides that, we want to see how he integrates a move like that, how comfortable he is, what type of character he has."

"He fit right in there. It was really nice to see him. It only took a day or two. A lot of them who come the first or second time are nervous, which is normal, but then he kind of shook it off and I knew that we can bring him on anytime. We had that in the back of our mind before the game that certain players needed to be changed for getting fresh legs in there and he was on top of the list. It was fun to watch."

Perhaps then this is just the first step into a long run in the US side for Shea.

Here's the game tying goal that Shea assisted on.

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has added FC Dallas defender Zach Loyd to the roster for the match against regional rival Mexico on Aug. 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Loyd replaces fellow defender Timmy Chandler, who is working back to full fitness after suffering an injury setback in advance of the start of the Bundesliga season.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)
Jurgen Klinsmann has named his 22 man squad to face Mexico on August 10th at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Brek Shea has been called into the team. Shea earned his first U.S. cap in Philadelphia against Colombia last October, becoming the first player born in the 1990s to earn a cap for the full U.S. National Team. This will be Klinsmann's first match in charge of the US team.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and Univision. In addition, Univision will air a live pre-game show beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow the match live on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and Twitter @ussoccer.

“One of the goals of the roster for this game and moving forward is to create competition at each position,” said Klinsmann. “There are many players who are established as well as many players who will get opportunities, and we want there to be a healthy contest for spots on the roster. We will get a good look at where each player is as quickly as we can during the short time in camp, and we will finish with an exciting game against Mexico.”

FCD left for Los Angeles today, Shea will travel to join the US on Sunday then stay in Philly to meet up with FCD and play again on Friday. So Shea will not miss any FCD games.

GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (8): Carlos Bocanegra (Saint-Etienne), Edgar Castillo (Club America), Timmy Chandler (FC Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Heath Pearce (Chivas USA), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Ricardo Clark (Eintracht Frankfurt), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), José Torres (Pachuca)
FORWARDS (5): Freddy Adu (Benfica), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (FC Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (Los Angeles Galaxy)

Dax McCarty goal in US camp

January, 27, 2011
The ESPN editors passed along this little video of a nice Dax McCarty goal in US camp for me to share with everyone. No, he doesn't play for Dallas anymore, but it's still a nice goal, even if it's in training.


Three Red Stripes Play for USA vs Chile

January, 23, 2011
The US Men's National Team took on Chile yesterday at the Home Depot Center in LA with the US earning a 1-1 draw on a PK by Teal Bunbury. Three FC Dallas players saw time in the game.

Zach Loyd started at left back and played seventy three minutes with energy and some attacking flare. His performance could have been better, but he did well enough he should get some more US time soon enough.

Brek Shea started at left midfield and put in a really strong performance for sixty minute. It's arguable he was the best US player while he was on the field.

Coming on as a sub, Eric Alexander did what he could in seven minutes of play with several nice balls into danger areas.

It's interesting to note that two of these three players aren't even regular starters for FC Dallas. It remains to be seen if Alexander can win the spot vacated by Dax McCarty in the Dallas midfield and Loyd hasn't managed to displace either Heath Pearce at right back or Jair Benitez at left back.

This recent US camp and Chile game was mostly about spoting talent for the next four year cycle. Talent that could be worked into the mix and expected to be in the 23 come Brazil 2014. To that end all three FCD players look to have helped themselves.

Here's Teal Bunbury's goal.

Four FC Dallas players called into January US National Team camp

December, 21, 2010
Word had circulated in the last few weeks that Bob Bradley would call a young team into January's US National Team camp, but no one knew just how young the side would be. The January camp is usually one where fringe players get a shot at the squad, and that has really paid off for some members of the FCD team.

Eric Alexander, Ugo Ihemelu, Zach Loyd and Brek Shea all were called into the camp. Ihemelu and Shea have both been in US camp before, but this the first call up for both Loyd and Alexander. Neither rokie was a full time starter for FCD this year but both did play key roles in the team throughout the season.

Here's the press release on the call ups.

Four FC Dallas players get the call from Bradley for January Training Camp
Players among 24 called in to U.S. Men’s National Team for the first camp of 2011

FRISCO, Texas (Dec. 21, 2010) – Four FC Dallas players were among the 24 named to the January training camp roster by U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Bob Bradley for the first training camp of 2011. The camp opens Jan. 4 at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

Eric Alexander, Ugo Ihemelu, Zach Loyd and Brek Shea join the group as it prepares for the USA’s first match of 2011, a friendly against fellow FIFA World Cup finalists Chile on Jan. 22 at The HDC. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. CT, with broadcast information to be announced at a later date. Fans can follow the game live via ussoccer.com’s Match Tracker or on twitter @ussoccer.

The annual camp held in January for players in their offseason is a largely domestic-based group that includes 20 players who ply their trade in the United States, and the coaching staff is taking full advantage of the opportunity to assess new talent. With an average age of just above 23 years old, half of the players can earn their first cap for the full team. Of the group heading into the January camp, a total of six players will be age eligible for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Major League Soccer is well represented, with 10 clubs contributing a total of 20 players to the Carson camp. Eight players come from the MLS Cup finalists, four each from 2010 champion Colorado Rapids and runners up FC Dallas following a thrilling championship settled in overtime. Matt Pickens, Anthony Wallace and Marvell Wynne helped anchor the Rapids defense while Jeff Larentowicz patrolled the center of the park; on the other side, Ihemelu and Shea started for FC Dallas. Shea has the most recent experience with the full team, making his debut on Oct. 12 against Colombia.

It will be the first camp for Loyd and Alexander, who both just wrapped outstanding rookie seasons in MLS. Loyd appeared in 24 games for the Dallas side, starting 19, while Alexander made 12 starts and 17 appearances, notching two goals and three assists. As the reigning Western Conference Champions, FC Dallas earned its first trip to the MLS Cup in 2010 following a record-setting year that saw the club set MLS marks for its 19-game unbeaten streak and its 12-game road unbeaten streak. The Dallas side also tied the MLS mark for fewest losses in an MLS season with four, while the Dallas defense allowed the fewest goals against in club history with only 28 through 30 games.

The annual January camps have produced some memorable moments in addition to being the starting point of promising international careers. In 2007, a young Jonathan Bornstein scored his first goal in his first game, a path which led to two starts at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. A year later, Landon Donovan made history when he became the all-time leader in goals scored for the United States. In 2009, Sacha Kljestan opened his international scoring account in style, becoming only the second player in U.S. history to score his first three goals all in the same game.

GOALKEEPERS (4): Dominic Cervi (Celtic), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Matt Pickens (Colorado Rapids), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)

DEFENDERS (9): A.J. DeLaGarza (Los Angeles Galaxy), Sean Franklin (Los Angeles Galaxy), Omar Gonzalez (Los Angeles Galaxy), Ugo Ihemelu (FC Dallas), Zach Loyd (FC Dallas), Ryan Miller (Halmstads BK), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls), Anthony Wallace (Colorado Rapids), Marvell Wynne (Colorado Rapid)

MIDFIELDERS (7): Eric Alexander (FC Dallas), Alejandro Bedoya (Örebro), Sam Cronin (San Jose Earthquakes), Mikkel Diskerud (Stabaek), Jeff Larentowicz (Colorado Rapids), Dax McCarty (D.C. United), Brek Shea (FC Dallas)

FORWARDS (4): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Justin Braun (Chivas USA), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City), Chris
Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)