2015 in Review Day 33: Brek Shea

After Kaka, it's safe to say that Brek Shea quickly established himself as the favorite Orlando City player among the fan base in 2015. The tall Texan brought experience on the USMNT to the new MLS side, and he also proved to be as colorful and energetic with his play on the pitch as his original artworks that he enjoys painting during down time. With his wild shock of blond hair and ability to stretch the field on offense and range back to help on defense, Shea seemed able to play nearly every position on the pitch simultaneously.

Brek Shea headshot (c) MLS.com; MLS.com retains all copyright to this image.
StatisticValueStatisticValue
Games Played19Shots16
Games Started17Shots on Goal1
Goals0Offsides4
Minutes1466Yellow Cards7
Assists4Red Cards1

2015 Summary: Brek Shea burst onto the pitch for Orlando City from the opening match, where he started in the defensive unit. But after Kevin Molino's injury in the team's first International Friendly of the year, he moved to midfield. Shea missed a lot of games due to International Call-ups with the USMNT and a mid-season injury, but he always delivered excitement when he played. Shea proved to be one of the most effective passers in the attacking game, and participated in buildups for many of the team's goals, registering four assists on the year. But perhaps the highlight of the season was when Shea won Save of the Week for an acrobatic goal-line leg save in an early-season match after keeper Donovan Ricketts had been sent sprawling to the turf.

2016 Preview: Shea is among the most beloved players on the team, and has proven he has the skill to be in the Top XI every match that he's able to play. Shea looks to be a perennial fan favorite in the Orlando City lineup for years to come.

What was your favorite Brek Shea moment of 2015? Do you expect to see him back with Orlando City next season? Let me know in the comments!