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Report – Brek Shea training with Orlando City
   May 29, 2014 (1:20 PM) by Matt Benson     Email This Post Email This Post

The Orlando Sentinel‘s Paul Tenorio is reporting that Brek Shea is in Orlando training with Orlando City for 10 days.

The arrangement for now is just a training stint, however, it would make sense for Orlando to eventually look into either buying Shea or adding him on loan. The former FC Dallas midfielder signed a four-and-a-half year deal with English Premier League side Stoke City in January 2013 for a transfer fee of £2.5 million.

His former agent, Paul McDonough, is now Orlando City’s general manager. Orlando City president Phil Rawlins was also a director at Stoke City for 14 years before resigning in February.

Despite all the crazy MLS roster rules, FC Dallas do not own his rights since they sold him to Stoke City.  Orlando City’s first season in MLS will start in 2015.

Shea only made one appearance for Stoke City in 2013-14, but he did get some playing time while out on loan with Barnsley in the second half of the season.

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9 Responses to “Report – Brek Shea training with Orlando City”

  1. Jeffrey says:

    Poor Brek.

  2. Tim H. says:

    Poor Brek? This is very good news. He won’t see the pitch at Stoke. Just based off of raw talent, Brek is one of the better wing options in the USMNT pool. Unfortunately he has hit a developmental hitch. Getting back to an improving MLS and getting him some playing time would do wonders to getting Brek back on track and into the USMNT fold.

  3. Jeffrey says:

    He was a starter in Dallas then got his big break and goes to Stoke, loaned out for a for a bit (this is where the story should read “then got his first Premier League start”). But no, it’s yet another step in the wrong direction just like the cancelation of his loan deal. I like Brek, just would love to see things work out for him and I don’t think a “possible” loan to Orlando counts as working out.

  4. Gregory says:

    Brek will be solid in the MLS. 95% of USA attacking players wash out of the EPL/Championship. He will be able to create on the wing and has a great cross.

    Orlando is a nice club. Kevin Molino would be a solid MLS player, but Orlando City pays more then Cartel MLS.

    Making the 95% number up, but alot more Kenny Coopers compared to McBride or Dempsey.

  5. Gregory says:

    Don’t feel bad for Shea he’s getting paid more then 95% of MLS players to put up amazing numbers in Orlando. NASL is the same as a bad League 2 team. Shea needs games and goals to get into top form.

  6. daniil says:

    Orlando city aren’t in NASL, they are one level below that in USL

    England (and probably europe) just was never a good fit for shea. In that environment you’re always gonna be under the microscope. Its one thing to be American and another to be a goofball, but the european media is gonna absolutely disect an American goofball.

    He was starting to play for stoke before the pig head and was playing well for barnsley before the controversial gesturing.

    That’s not to say he didn’t have off-pitch issues at Dallas, in fact he did, but the soccer media here is much less omnispective and intense. Problem is he wasn’t challenged much at Dallas from within the team. A move to MLS only makes sense for break if it’s to a top team (of course glob knows where he will end up after the allocation lottery/roulette/keno)

  7. daniil says:

    Freudian slip?

  8. Gregory says:

    Shea is a legit headcase, it’s just that no one cares or makes excuses for him. I’m sorry but the pig stunt didn’t set him back, his play set him back. Watch his last EPL perofrmance and you can’t deny that. It was rated top 5 worse EPL performances ever.

    I hope the best for him but the Shea marketing gimmick cost Juan Agudelo a chance at Brazil.

  9. Jim says:

    Does anyone know the answer to this: Is this a way to get around the allocation process? Can Orlando City, when it enters MLS bring in players on its current roster as a matter of course?

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