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Rich get richer? Toronto GM would be “100%” interested in Brek Shea

Apr 7, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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Toronto FC’s new star-studded roster has three wins in four games to start its time together, the lone blemish being a blowout loss in the harrowing home grounds of Real Salt Lake.

And as Michael Bradley, Jermain Defoe, Steven Caldwell and company continue to get to know each other, TFC general manager can salivate at the prospect of holding the No. 1 slot in Major League Soccer’s allocation order.

This allows the Reds first dibs on any player headed for the States, but also gives them the power to trade that asset for something they might need. It’s a spot general manager Tim Bezbatchenko loves, and the 32-year-old Ohio native was asked about TFC’s interest in Brek Shea if the big Texan came galloping home from Stoke City.

From The Toronto Sun’s Kurtis Larson:

“Yeah, 100% (we’d be interested),” Bezbatchenko told me. “I mean, Brek Shea is a dynamic U.S. international. I think you’d take any of these guys seriously.”

Of course, Bezbatchenko is duty-bound to say such a thing. Why abdicate the power seat by admitting you’d pass on the guy, or do anything other than lavish praise on the 24-year-old? But the concept of TFC finding a way to add his pace on the side is interesting, even if they’ve had good work on both sides so far this season.

What say ye on Shea to Hollywood North?

  1. talgrath - Apr 7, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Break may very well stay in the EPL, though that’s looking less and less likely now. If Brek Shea did return to the states though, I think a lot of teams would be interested in him, finding a halfway decent left winger can be pretty difficult.

  2. mkbryant3 - Apr 7, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    I would think that Altidore would be available before Brek.

  3. mdac1012 - Apr 7, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Brek probably wouldn’t come in as a DP but Jozy I would think certainly would and that would mean he would skip the allocation process. At least I think it does, with MLS, you never really know until the league tells you.

    • lunasceiling - Apr 8, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Exactly, mdac1012. The league apparently doesn’t realize that “Calvinball” is supposed to be a funny recurring bit in a great comic strop…not a template for their rules.

  4. thewalkoffktxt - Apr 8, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Who’s ready to spend $2 million on Brek Shea? (Not.) Still one of America’s most talented players; this is why I highly doubt guys who make the big jump unless they’re a hot commodity.

  5. charliej11 - Apr 8, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Shea looked so mediocre to poor in his last year of MLS, I can’t imagine teams being interested…and it doesn’t seem like many are.

  6. el timo - Apr 8, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Nothing personal, Brek (and Jozy), but TFC are building their team around Michael Bradley. Huh? It’s about character, sweetheart.

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