After starting Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on the bench, FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea came off the bench in the 70th minute and finished with one shot. Now, FCD supporters are wondering whether the 22-year-old Bryan native will play or even start for Saturday’s visit to Columbus.
Here’s what FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman had to say about Shea’s status going forward for the Crew game after a regeneration session Thursday.
“We took Brek through a test yesterday before the game and he did fine on it to put him on the bench. Like I said last night, it was interesting when we called him we just gave up the goal,” Hyndman said. “I was hoping that he would be able to be a difference maker on the other end and I think you saw the desperation in our team. And he was part of our desperation, but he’s such a handful that he’s one guy who does a good job finishing and that’s what I was looking for. I’m sure he’ll make the trip. How much he plays, if he plays, that will all be determined by how he’s feeling.”
And he also addressed those misguided souls in the media who said that he brought Shea on too late, right after FCD went down 1-0 following the first of a pair of goals by Fredy Montero.
“Everybody has an opinion and you know the phrase about opinions,” Hyndman said. “We weren’t sure Brek would even dress out. That’s the idea and then if we needed him, we would go to him. With 20 minutes left I think was the point in time where I said OK, we need to see what Brek can do, realizing we weren’t going to get his best. But you know, it’s do you continue to irritate an injury and then the player’s value start to drop because of his confidence and he’s not being productive. The fact of the matter is in all reality if we didn’t have so many injuries, he probably wouldn’t have even dressed out.”