Rick Yeatts

Off the Pitch

With the MLS World Cup hiatus coming to an end, is picking up our “Off the Pitch” series, where we highlight one player and give you the chance to get to know them better away from Pizza Hut Park.

Our series this week features midfielder/forward Brek Shea, whose offensive outburst against San Jose gave FC Dallas some much needed momentum heading into the break.  Shea now has three goals on the season, making him the second leading scorer on the team behind Jeff Cunningham. This year looks like it could really be a breakout year for you. Did you do anything different in the off-season to get ready for this season? Do you think it’s just you maturing?

Brek Shea: Probably just maturing, especially with this being my third year and all the learning experience last year. I got a lot of playing time so that really helped.  And then the people that have been in and out of this team, lots of experience there has helped me to be composed on the field and that’s helped my game a lot. Can you feel yourself getting better sometimes? Do you see yourself making a decision that maybe you wouldn’t have made before and you can just sense you’re a better player than you were three years ago, five years ago?

Shea: Yeah, I mean there are times when I would rush things and now I wait to see if I have a better option. But I think I definitely do feel the difference. You’re originally from Bryan/College Station, TX – home of Texas A&M University. Did you grow up wanting to go to A&M?

Shea: No, but just because they don’t have men’s soccer. The women’s program is really good though. I actually committed to Wake Forest, so I was on my way there but I came to FC Dallas instead (Shea turned pro straight out of high school and was drafted second overall by FC Dallas in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft). Did you have a favorite club or player when you were growing up?

Shea: I never had favorites because I never wanted to be the bandwagon guy growing up. I just liked watching soccer. I never had favorites in anything. After three full seasons in the league, what’s your favorite MLS city to visit?

Shea: Probably LA. You’ve played almost every position on the field. What’s your favorite?

Shea: Probably left mid, because I have a lot of free space and I like free space.  I like to get the ball and then run against somebody, so left mid and the wings are the best position to do that. Switching gears, I know you’re a big video game player. What game do you play the most?

Shea: Call of Duty, Modern Warfare 2. I’m not a video game person but I get bored a lot, so it’s something to take up my time. So I do play that. I wouldn’t consider myself a video game person though, somebody just bought me an Xbox last year…and I got this game and it’s really fun. You play online and with other people from all over the world. I also play with a couple of guys on the team. Anytime they’re on, I get on and play with them. You can have little microphones and talk to them, so it’s fun. How long have you lived in this area now? Have you picked any favorite restaurants yet?

Shea: This will be my third year. My favorite spot is Double Dave’s; it’s a pizza place. It was actually invented in Bryan/College Station. When I lived in Florida for a while (after Shea’s freshman year of high school he moved to Bradenton, Florida to take part in the U.S. Soccer Residency Program), every time I went home to visit my parents that’s all I wanted to eat. They have one practically across the street here. I like Lochrann’s (an official FC Dallas Pub Partner) a lot, too.  Oh, and Village Burger Bar. That’s my spot.

More from our “Off the Pitch” series:

Ugo Ihemelu

Atiba Harris

Jeff Cunningham

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