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Brek Shea Scouted by BPL Clubs


Anyone who watches MLS knows Brek Shea is having a breakout season. And as much as the British media may want to dismiss MLS and its talent, it is now beginning to it pay attention. Sky Sports is reporting that Liverpool and Manchester City both were scouting the U.S. national team’s 1-0 win over Honduras. In addition, Chelsea and Manchester United have also shown interest in Shea, according to the article.

Shea’s agent, Barry McLean, shared that his client would have interest in playing overseas (no surprise there). He told Sky Sports, “He has a contract with the MLS and FC Dallas for another three years so at this point it is premature to talk about a move.”

McLean said also said about a potential overseas move: “It’s on his radar. He is a young player with high aspirations and every player wants to play at the highest level. I think England would be an interesting option for Brek, but we will wait and see what happens.”

I have enjoyed watching Shea grow up professionally this year and at this point in his career he could benefit from playing overseas. In terms of fit, obviously the stability of Manchester United would be a good place for him to ease into European club football. That said, the end of the season may not be the best time for him to make a move. It’s clear that he has tired toward the end of the season with his USMNT and club responsibilities, so moving immediately into a new role and more playing time would be a bad idea. That said, if you get a chance to sign for one of the largest teams in the world, you pretty much have to make that move.

However MLS again would be the big loser. Just as the national team is getting a new star, a new face of American soccer, he moves overseas. FC Dallas would also face a major roster loss, something that MLS teams are increasingly facing as the talent level rises. Such in life in an up-and-coming league.

What do you think? What Premier League club would be a good fit for Brek Shea? Should he leave?

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  1. Andy

    October 16, 2011 at 12:05 am

    MLS should let their best players go for the right price. That
    money could then be put into player development which in the long
    run would make the league stronger. MLS also needs to get rid of
    this rule where contracts are signed with MLS instead of the
    particular team and also do away with the rule that makes teams
    share the money they receive from selling a player. The latter
    takes away one of the incentives of developing and selling talent.
    If i’m an organization why should i put $$$$ into development if i
    cannot reap the full rewards when it is time to sell the player.
    The team does all the work but in the end they must share the
    transfer fee with other teams. It’s a horrible system and it must

  2. Logan

    October 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    The way that any American player moving onto a bigger, more
    lucrative league can be good for the MLS is this: it shows American
    players that they can peddle their talents here for a while and
    still be noticed by the larger leagues offering tougher competition
    and, more importantly, a bigger paycheck. So, that way, we at least
    get to know our American stars on home turf for a while, instead of
    them playing in Sweden or Turkey from the starts of their careers
    because they figure that’s their best chance of getting noticed by
    the big leagues and earning a big payday. So, good players see
    players like Brek Shea getting noticed and, perhaps, good players
    will be more willing to sign on with MLS in hopes of also getting
    noticed. This works across the board, of course, and not just for
    American soccer players. Just a theory, anyway.

  3. The original Tom

    October 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    I hope he gets playing time, or else I hope he stays.

  4. ryan

    October 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    The sale of shea would actually be great for FC Dallas. The team
    they have now was built with the money from the kenny cooper sale.
    I can only imagine what kind of team they could build with the
    money they get for Shea. Although we would lose a great player
    could bring in more young talent

  5. Jon

    October 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    MLS might initially be a loser, but the health of soccer in general
    in America would be helped in the long run if Shea were to become a
    fixture on a big English club like Liverpool or Man City. It would
    get more people interested in the sport, which gets more people
    watching USA matches, which should get more people watching MLS
    matches. It may suck for MLS fans, but the best way to grow
    interest in soccer is through a successful USMNT, and the best way
    to do that is to elevate the level of play by letting you best
    players play club ball at the highest level.

    • Charles

      October 10, 2011 at 7:19 pm

      I have never bought this arguement. Who exactly is going to go to
      an MLS game now that Holden is a very good player in the BPL,
      moving on from MLS ? No one. First of all, almost no one knows he
      moved on except soccer fans, who are already at least following
      MLS. Second of all, are there really that many stupid people who
      don’t know that Shea and many others are very good players ?

  6. Joey

    October 10, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    In my honest opinion, moving to a top tier EPL side would be a
    terrible move for Brek Shea. He needs a place where he would get
    regular playing time. A mid table EPL team (Or one that gets the
    Europa leagues) like Fulham, Villla, Newcastle, or Spurs would do
    extremely well with Shea on the pitch. At Manchester United, City,
    Liverpool, or Chelsea, he would just be bench fodder.

    • Andrew

      October 10, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      I don’t think it would be terrible as long as he is loaned out. If
      he stays with the first team and only gets reserve action, it won’t
      do him any good. But let’s say Liverpool buy him in January and
      then loan him to Aston Villa over the summer. Shea could then spend
      a season or two on loan, playing in the First XI frequently and
      gaining experience. Then when he’s ready, Liverpool (or whoever)
      bring him back from loan and insert him into their XI. Chelsea did
      the same thing with D. Sturridge (loaned to Bolton last year), and
      it’s paid off remarkably well. I think Shea could benefit from
      similar treatment.

      • ilokos

        October 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

        Thats the best case scenario, Daniel was playing first team with
        Bolton and had a successful loan(8 goals in 12 appearances). Alot
        of players struggle to find playing time because of injury, change
        of management, changing to different roles in managers tactics. I
        would hate to see Brek go to Europe to one of the bigger teams like
        Chelsea or Manu to sit on the bench. He would benefit to joining
        one of the Premier Leagues lower table teams like L.Donovan at

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