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In focus: Brek Shea

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Shea has plenty of potential. (©GettyImages)
Shea has plenty of potential. (©GettyImages).

It would appear that American youngster Brek Shea won't be plying his trade in the MLS for much longer, as Manchester United and Liverpool reportedly pursue his signature.

The FC Dallas forward has impressed all and sundry in recent months with a number of eye-catching displays for both club and country.

USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed on Tuesday he had received calls regarding the potential availability of the 21-year-old, and both Liverpool and United have all be tipped to formalise their interest.

According to skysports.com, Liverpool have sent Anfield representatives to actively track Shea, while United are reported to be keen to bring him to Old Trafford.

In light of the recent speculation regarding Shea's future, GMF has decided to take a look at America's next soccer star in greater detail…

Born in College Station, Texas, Shea came up through the US Residency soccer ranks in Florida; graduating in the top ten of his class at the Edison Academy.

In 2007, he travelled to England to train with Bolton but was unable to secure a deal with the Barclays Premier League club.

Shea opted to turn pro straight after high school and was the second overall pick by FC Dallas in the 2008 MLS SuperDraft - making his senior debut four months later.

During his breakthrough seasons, Shea was required to play in a variety of positions - including as a lone striker, central midfielder and defender.




 

He has since settled into a more accustomed role on the wide left, and has the ability to cut inside and shoot supremely with his right foot.

This has been particularly evident this year, with Shea scoring 10 goals and grabbing three assists in 34 games.

Shea has even drawn comparisons to Fernando Torres in his Liverpool pomp in a YouTube compilation highlighting his skills.

According to his Wikipedia page, Shea says his favourite TV shows are Rob & Big and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, while he is a fan of hip hip and electro music.

Career stats:

FC Dallas

Matches: 93 (67)

Goals: 15

Assists: 12

Minutes played: 6095

USA

Matches: 7 (6)

Goals: 0

Assists: 2

Minutes played: 451

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