Geoff Cameron got the start while Brek Shea made his Stoke City debut, coming off the bench and playing 66 minutes in Stoke City’s 1-0 loss to Fulham. Here are some highlights.
Here is every touch for Brek Shea.
Well, what can you say. Looks big, he obviously is behind the game, no understanding for his teammates and defense is suspect. He has the tools and the ability…here’s hoping he can learn and grow as a player!!!!
Shea certainly got better in the 2nd half and had more than a few dangerous plays. I think the manager has to be pleased with Shea’s effort. Todd is right though, he obviously isn’t up to speed with his teammates and needs to tighten up defensively, but I think he will easily to these things and be a more than solid pro in the EPL.
In the first half he looks rusty, but all the thoughts are great–just the execution falls down. That’s to be expected. In the 2nd half he looked sharper. Not afraid to defend or use his body, thank goodness. The penalty was all him (too bad it was missed) and he had a good shot in the 60th. The pass in the 89th was slick.
All in all, not a bad debut.
I’m assuming the answer will be yes, but are you guys digging these “every touch” videos?
I am Matt!!!!
I wish some dude with more money than they know what to do with would create a TV station devoted only to American soccer. You could air old US games, do top 10 shows with goals, saves, strikers, results, etc. You could do specials where they highlight the up and coming u17, u15, u13, etc. You could do specials that highlight the up and comers of MLS. The ideas are endless.
Lastly and most importantly, if they could somehow air all the games in which Americans are involved that would be great. Or at least do a highlight show like Fox Soccer’s “EPL Review show”
The every touch is great. Usually I try to search my usual 5 to 7 sites just to see if US players are getting into games. Only occasion are they ever mentioned in post game reports(I know I check any that I can find).
This is so much better because it puts it in visual form. Especially, today when Brek gets his first chances. I really like the stats as well because it gives an objective way to measure performance/progress. I am going to write down the numbers because I only expect them to get better. The thing that that came across is that it appears Brek has gotten his confidence back. Even after such a sub-par game he kept working hard which led to the PK….he got stronger as the game went on.
Matt the clip is awesome.
I don’t want to judge Shea’s performance just off just of the clip, but it shows he is not a winger. He can’t dribble and was frequently burned on the edge. I hope he moves towards the center of the field.
His one touch passes with his left-foot are pretty. He wasn’t scared, and has learned not to put his head down and dribble. I liked the foul on Bertavov.
I couldn’t watch the game, but I skimmed the Stoke F.C. boards and the general consensus after the match was “He’s not fit/ready yet”. Made sense, as he just came back from the long layoff.
Then I saw this. Holy crap. His pretty one-touches, attacking prowess, and overall confidence are all very promising. My faith in Brek is strong. I really do believe Stoke will soon realize just how lucky they got with this cheap signing.
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