Shea aims to win back FCD starting spot

USMNT debutant says he has to reclaim post from Chávez in Dallas

Brek starting XI

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Rick Yeatts

CHESTER, Pa. – After claiming his first cap for the US national team on
Tuesday, it’s hard to believe that FC Dallas winger Brek Shea now has to worry
about winning a starting spot again on his club side.

Following the 0-0 tie between the USA and Colombia at PPL
Park, the 20-year-old acknowledged the fact that he has some work to do to get
back in the lineup in Frisco.

“Marvin [Chávez] has three games, two goals and one assist,”
Shea said. “He’s playing well and I have to get back in there and show them
that I can help the team out, too.”

The red card and subsequent two-game suspension that Shea
received against the New York Red Bulls on Sept. 16 opened the door for
Honduran Chávez to crack the starting XI, and he has not given it back.

“When I got my red card, I was out and Marvin Chávez stepped
in and is playing really well,” Shea said. “I’ve got to earn my spot back.”

Shea was away with the US national team for most of last
week, returning to FC Dallas two days before Saturday’s match against Colorado.
The Texas native came on for the last half hour of the 2-2 tie against the
Rapids in place of Chávez.

He will surely look forward to coming back to the FC Dallas
4-1-4-1 formation after struggling in the USA’s experimental 4-3-3 during the first
half against Colombia.

“I definitely feel more comfortable in a 4-4-2,” Shea said. “I’m
not saying I can’t play in the 4-3-3, but I haven’t played there in a while and especially
being nervous with my first cap.”

If there is a second cap, Shea will hope it comes in the
annual January camp. If he were to get called up by Bob Bradley for November’s
trip to South Africa, it would mean FC Dallas are not in the running for MLS Cup 2010 on Nov. 21.