FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea has been recalled by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the upcoming friendlies against France and Slovenia. The team will begin gathering Monday in Paris.
Following the two U.S. fixtures, Shea will join Arsenal FC for a month as a guest before returning home to Dallas in December. According to FC Dallas, the decision to send Shea to train with the Gunners was made after Klinsmann encouraged his MLS-based players to spend the offseason training overseas to enter January camp in top shape.
“Brek matured as a player and as a leader on the field this past season. It was a career year for him,” said FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman. “He consolidated himself as one of the top players in MLS and solidified his role with the U.S. National Team. Affording Brek, the opportunity to continue to work on improving his game and measure himself among the best players in the world is something we are all excited about. It’s a winning situation for Brek, FC Dallas and the U.S. team, as the extra training time will help push his game to the next level.”
Arsenal was chosen as the location for Brek to train based on the strong relationship between the two clubs.
“We want to give Brek every opportunity to grow and develop his skills as a player,” said FC Dallas president and CEO Doug Quinn. “His goal is always to be better than he was the season before. With an MVP-caliber season in 2011 and his growing international success, we want to get him the challenges and environment he needs to continue improving as one of the best young players in American soccer today.”
Shea will report back to FC Dallas on January 15, 2012 for the start of the team’s preseason.
The U.S. will first face France on Nov. 11 in Paris at the Stade de France at 2 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcast live on ESPN2, ESPN3, Univision. Four days later, the U.S. plays Slovenia for the first time since the 2-2 draw in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Coverage from Stozice Stadium in Ljubljana begins at Noon CT on ESPN2, ESPN3 and Galavision.
Shea is one of five MLS players on the roster. Most European location friendlies rely on a heavily euro based roster.
Six players on the roster are age-eligible for the U-23 MNT: Jozy Altidore, Timmy Chandler, Bill Hamid, Alfredo Morales, Brek Shea and Danny Williams.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (2): Bill Hamid (D.C.United), Tim Howard (Everton)
DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rangers), Timmy Chandler (Nürnberg), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Alfredo Morales (Hertha Berlin), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Michael Bradley (Chievo Verona), Clint Dempsey (Fulham), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla), Edson Buddle (Ingolstadt), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy)