Brek Shea tends to be one of the more polarizing figures in MLS – observers are generally either besotted with his athleticism and potential, or driven to distraction by his chronic inconsistency.


The lanky left-footer was certainly on his game on Sunday as Orlando City hammered Portland 4-1 at the Citrus Bowl, scoring a pearl of a strike via a pretty one-two combination with Kaká and wreaking havoc up and down the Lions' left flank.


Shea spent most of the early part of his career as an out-and-out left winger, so many tend to see him as a makeshift selection at fullback, a role he's adopted for long periods in Orlando. Yet the statistics tell a different story.


It's clear that OCSC are a better team when he's on the field. What's more surprising is that they're a better defensive team, even though he spends plenty of time venturing forward into the attack from that left back spot.


MLSsoccer.com Associate Editor Ben Baer drilled down a bit, and found a range of telling metrics from Orlando's MLS matches that reflect how the tall Texan transforms the Lions:

With Shea
Stat
Without Shea
21
Games
17
9
Wins
5
7
Losses
7
5
Draws
5
30
Goals For
24
1.4
Avg. Goals For
1.4
23
Goals Against
37
1.1
Avg. Goals Against
2.2
42.9%
Win Percentage
29.4%
1.5
PPG
1.2
9.7
Shots/Game
7.7
11.3
Shots Conceded/Game
14.4
51.2%
Possession
49.9%
14.9
Crosses/Game
12.4
12.7
Crosses Conceded/Game
14.8
1134
Passes into Final Third
916
69%
Passing Accuracy in Final Third
62.3%
75%
<span style="line-height: 20.8px;">Passing Accuracy in Opposition's Half</span>
72%
12.3
Fouls Won/Game
13.5
13.7
Fouls Conceded/Game
13.7