Yeah he looks to be reading the game much better and quicker than before he went to England. His game looks far more mature now, like he's actually been taught how to play. It's why IMO too many discount training overseas in top leagues. On one hand I agree playing is better than not playing but on the other hand, a guy like Shea was receiving instruction daily he likely wasn't at FCD and at a certain point, just playing without getting that high level instruction causes you to run up against a wall in your development. I btw think that's why we regularly see players take a good leap in play during their first 2-3 years in MLS, soaking up the experience from playing but then they hit a wall and don't take that next step. Put it this way, I don't think Shea could link and make runs off Kaka the way he is now if he never left, as the FCD version of Shea was far less of a thinker and relied on athleticism. I also say that's why Zardes should be aiming to get to a more tactical league this summer.