Countdown to First Kick: 5 Brek Shea, FC Dallas
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Countdown to First Kick: 5 Brek’s time in Dallas

As First Kick, presented by Dick's Sporting Goods approaches, is marking each passing day with a different statistic, observation or talking point, setting the stage for the beginning of the 2012 MLS campaign.

5 – Seasons in MLS for FC Dallas’s Brek Shea

Just look at Brek Shea's stats year over year, and you can see a remarkable trajectory for the FC Dallas star as he heads into his fifth season.

Brek Shea: 2011 MVP Candidate

Games Played: 2, 19, 25, 31
Goals/Assists: 0/0, 0/4, 5/4, 11/4

And that doesn’t include what he did in CONCACAF Champions League, Open Cup or international play.

In other words, the 21-year-old Brek’s upside is still very clear and present.

His experience with the US national team in the past year has given him more purpose and discipline. His training stint with Arsenal has opened his eyes even further to the breadth of quality in the game. And the return of David Ferreira to the FCD lineup gives him a visionary teammate who can pick out his wide runs.

In short, Year 5 of the Brek Era promises to be the best yet. If the trajectory holds, could we see him score enough goals to match his jersey number: 20?

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