Brek Shea's breakout season 

July, 27, 2011

NEW YORK -- Fans of the U.S. national team aren't the only ones sorry that red-hot FC Dallas winger Brek Shea won't play in tonight's MLS All-Star Game, which will pit the league's best against mighty Manchester United (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2) at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.

"I wish he could be here helping us out," LA Galaxy defender Sean Franklin told us Tuesday. "He's tall, fast and dangerous. He's tough to play against. I'd rather be on his team."

Unlike Landon Donovan, who will miss American soccer's midseason classic with a sore calf, Shea isn't injured. He's in El Salvador, preparing for a CONCACAF Champions League preliminary round match with FCD.

Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.