Heeding the advice of U.S. men's national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann, burgeoning midfield talent Brek Shea will spend a month training with Arsenal beginning in the middle of November, ESPN Soccernet reported.
Shea, who currently plays for MLS side FC Dallas, will head to London after playing in the second of the U.S. team's international friendlies away to France and Slovenia on Nov. 11 and 15, respectively.
The 21-year-old midfielder is the latest newsworthy player to train with Arsenal in recent memory, with Gunners legend Thierry Henry returning this past winter to his former club of eight years (1999-07) in an effort to maintain fitness ahead of his domestic season, which began in March.
David Beckham also journeyed to London Colney to train with the side back in late 2009, as the England international sought to play against top competition before rejoining AC Milan on a loan move in winter 2010.
In speaking with Reuters, Shea acknowledged that with his domestic season having ended unceremoniously with a 2-0 loss to Henry's New York Red Bulls in the MLS playoffs on Oct. 26, this training segment is nothing more than an attempt to stay in peak fitness ahead of the U.S. national team's January camp.
He did mention that he was looking forward to playing under Arsene Wenger, however:
To see how he does things... he [Wenger] has had so many young players over the years and turned them into who they became, that experience will be pretty cool.
(Juergen's) been pushing and wanting us to train in Europe in the off-season and it is good to get that experience. It's just strictly training and get that experience and hopefully raise my game to another level. I think, obviously I am happy where I am, but I want to, eventually when the time is right, try it out and give it a shot.
Klinsmann has recently advised Shea to remain in MLS in the short term, but obviously an opportunity to train with a bevy of top-quality players is one any coach would recommend.
Shea also has the blessing of his FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman, who listed the experience of training with some of the world's best players as "a winning situation for Brek, FC Dallas and the U.S. team, as the extra training time will help push his game to the next level," Soccernet reported.
Interest in the midfielder has ratcheted up in recent months after Shea's excellent turn of form in 2011 made him one of the premier attacking talents in American soccer.
While Shea has no designs on making an immediate switch to European football (remember, Clint Dempsey didn't leave New England Revolution for Fulham until he was 23), the training segment with Arsenal will give him a taste of European football culture—a boon for any talented player looking to one day play at the top level.