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.