Brek Shea spent the bulk of the 2010 Major League Soccer season breaking out as a major contributor to the FC Dallas attack. His play was so solid that it even earned him a call-up for the United States' friendly against Colombia earlier this month.
It appears as if he'll be starting the MLS playoffs on the bench.
Schellas Hyndman is reportedly going to start Marvin Chavez on the left wing and keep Shea as an option off the bench in FCD's playoff opener against Real Salt Lake. Shea hasn't started since Sept. 16, when he was sent off for a harsh challenge in Dallas' draw with the New York Red Bulls. He had five goals and four assists on the year.
Here are a couple of more notes regarding MLS playoff teams:
CREW SIGNS HARRISON
With the season-ending injury to Will Hesmer, the Columbus Crew is a bit shorthanded at goalkeeper. Backup Andy Gruenebaum will be getting the start for Robert Warycha's side in Hesmer's stead, but that didn't stop the team from signing an emergency backup to a short-term contract.
Columbus signed Chase Harrison, who spent the last month of the season as a backup with D.C. United but did not see any game time. Harrison, a lower-division journeyman throughout his professional career, played for the Richmond Kickers and Crystal Palace Baltimore this season.
JOHNSON STRAINS HAMSTRING
Real Salt Lake's Will Johnson, one of the more under-the-radar midfielders in MLS, strained his hamstring in training on Tuesday and, according to the Salt Lake Tribune, coach Jason Kreis said that Johnson is "day-to-day as to whether he'll be available for this weekend."
COLORADO ATHLETES RALLY AROUND RAPIDS
A number of professional athletes in Colorado were featured in a video to rally around the Rapids ahead of their playoff opener against Columbus.
The Denver Nuggets' Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin and Nene and Denver Broncos rookie Tim Tebow were among the many that vocalized their support of the team. Take a look at the video:
Do you think Shea should be starting for FCD, or is Hyndman doing the right thing? Do you see goalkeeping as a major problem for the Crew against the Rapids? Do you think losing Johnson would be a big loss for RSL? Happy to see the MLS playoffs drumming up some buzz in Colorado?
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