Brek Shea makes debut for Birmingham City

American Exports: Brek Shea off to flying start with Birmingham City after picking up assist vs. Leeds

AMSTERDAM – Brek Shea got his Birmingham City loan off to a fine start on Saturday afternoon, setting up the opener in a 1-1 draw with visiting Leeds United.

The US left winger, who wore No. 13, worked a solid 68 minutes in his first competitive club appearance since May. Shea put the Brums' first shot on target with an early 25-yard rocket directly at the Leeds netminder.

Eight minutes before halftime, Shea shipped a difficult entry pass to Wes Thomas, who did the rest of the work with a strong finish. The American nearly doubled the lead just after intermission, only to have his flick header narrowly miss the frame.

Leeds would level matters through Alex Mowatt in the 76th minute, preventing Birmingham from moving into the better half of the table. Instead, they tentatively stand 19th after six games.