The US football team has long been known to be a hard working, athletic team. But, they’ve been limited as far as infusing that with creativity. Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey aside, the Yanks have had a difficult time getting someone on the pitch who brought attacking flair without compromising the defensive shape or stability.
With the development of Jose Torres and Stuart Holden the central midfield seems to be on the way up for the U.S.
At striker the U.S. has left wanting. Even their most recent “star,” Brian McBride fits more into the physically imposing mold than creatively.
But, if the attack can create enough opportunities and chances then a goal poaching target forward would fit in just fine.
In order to get to that point though, the U.S. is going to have to field a line-up with options. One of their brightest options is the sensational Brek Shea.
Shea’s talent has always been imminent, but at the same time enigmatic. Up until recently, Shea’s best position was unknown even during this current season where he played a number of games at centerback for FC Dallas of the MLS.
Since that time, Shea has blossomed into somewhat of a star and a leading MVP candidate in the MLS, notching 9 goals and 3 assists so far this season.
As a result, Shea has been given an opportunity to make the left wing position his for the U.S. National side. And, he has definitely done his best to seize that opportunity.
Apart from the general public who most likely has never heard of the young American, Shea has been receiving great approval from new national team coach Jurgen Klinnsman and reportedly receiving interest from clubs across the pond.
If Shea can continue to develop, the odds point to him becoming the U.S.’s next Clint Dempsey by combining hard work, aerial ability, strength and that creative flair that makes for a great footballer.
A quick development could mean for the most talent and flair that a U.S. Team has provided in some time.
Could that be enough to get the U.S. over the proverbial hump? Does Shea have what it takes to become a star? Who else needs to make the leap for the U.S.?
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