Orlando City SC head coach Adrian Heath reflected on the Lions’ first season in MLS in a lengthy Q&A with the Orlando Sentinel’s Paul Tenorio published on Tuesday, sharing his thoughts on the club’s adjustment to a new league, his hopes for next year and his feelings about a certain US international.
Heath spoke in depth about Orlando defender/midfielder Brek Shea, praising the versatile 25-year-old following his solid – if slightly injury-marred – 2015.
"When he’s healthy he makes a difference from anywhere he plays because of just his physical attributes,” Heath said. "You don’t get people his size being as athletic and as good a footballer. I don’t think people realize how good a footballer he is.
"What we’ve got to do now is hopefully he gets some time off during the [winter] to recharge, get ready and come in and have a great preseason,” continued Heath. "I still think he’s about 70 percent. I think we can get him up to 90, 95 percent and if he does, he’ll be one of the best players in the league."
For much, much more from Heath, click through to Tenorio’s full Q&A. It’s well worth the read.