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The Stoking of America goes on! Brek Shea to Stoke City?

Jan 18, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

What a massive bit of news this will be, assuming all comes to fruition: Brek Shea to Stoke City FC.

ESPN analyst Taylor Twellman had the news Friday afternoon on Twitter, reporting that the FC Dallas winger may soon be on his way to England’s Premier League club, pending a lengthy physical.

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Reported sale price for the rangy 22-year-old attacker: $3.5 million, which looks a little low but surely reflects the fact that he’s coming off a poor season, not to mention coming off surgery. A year ago, coming off that breakthrough 2011 season, the price for Shea would surely have doubled, at least.

Where the story goes from here:

  • The physical that Shea must pass is no small matter. He was undone by injuries last year ranging from a frustrating turf toe that bothered Shea for much of 2012 to off-season foot surgery, which prevented the Texan from joining Jurgen Klinsmann’s ongoing January camp in Southern California. Stoke City had better poke and prod with all due diligence.
  • While $3.5 million doesn’t get close to an MLS mark for sell price, it does give FC Dallas some decent money to play with in the market. Technical director Fernando Clavijo, you are on the clock!
  • While getting into England probably isn’t a bad thing, Stoke is a something of a different place. They play a lot of defense – and then attack almost as afterthought. It’s a helluva place for someone like Goeff Cameron, the U.S. international defender who has become a fixture in Tony Pulis’ lineup. For a winger? Well … we’ll see.
  • On the other hand, Stoke is become to this decade what Fulham was to the last decade: the go-to for U.S. fans who might be looking for a second (or even first) team to support. Maurice Edu may not have worked out for the time being, but he remains Potters’ property. If this one comes to pass …
  1. dfstell - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Good for him. I’ve seen a lot of people worried that he might sit on the bench. If’ he’s destined to be a good USMNT player, he’ll be able to get time at Stoke. If he can’t get time, then he probably just wasn’t good enough. Actually, I think he’ll be a good player for them. He plays defense, but can attack off a counter. Good for them…

  2. crnelson10 - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    They’ll probably convert him to a left back.

  3. joeyt360 - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    They may very well, they seem to convert everyone into a defender.

    But come what may, we may well learn a lot about Shea and his real standing as a player in the coming months.

  4. sluggo271 - Jan 18, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Wow!! Amazing news!! Which referee will he kick the ball at first?

  5. changofeo - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Should be very interesting going to a team with 15 defenders, 2 GK’s and 1 forward on the 18 man roster every weekend.

    • MarQe - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:03 AM

      15 defenders ?? 18 man roster ?? Where you getting your info from ? Anyway it’s wrong !!

      Stoke City season ticket holder !

  6. pensfan603 - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    Well he has the ability it will be interesting.

  7. tylerbetts - Jan 18, 2013 at 7:57 PM

    I like the move … If it happens. Just saw where Dallas rejected a bid slightly lower than what was posted here.

  8. mvktr2 - Jan 18, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Either DFC needed the money, didn’t believe in Shea anymore (highly unlikely), or perhaps they felt he needed to move on after such a tumultuous season. I say this as a return to form would have brought a much higher transfer fee (as is pointed out in the article). Of course I expect this move may have had at least as much to do with Shea and his representation as it has to do with DFC, no?

  9. jpan007 - Jan 18, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Greg Seltzer: FC Dallas reject Stoke City’s $3m transfer offer for Brek Shea. http://t.co/FHyzcvw9

  10. bazimon - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    It might be more about Shea wearing out his welcome a bit. Playing with matches and gasoline near the bridges. We spend a lot of time around the FCD grounds and there has a been an eye or two rolled when Brekken’s name gets to the top of conversation. Either way though stoke is getting a good deal.

  11. metroplexfrog - Jan 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Man, I don’t want to see Brek go. He is our most dynamic player and we don’t have anyone to replace him.

    It’s okay, FC Dallas doesn’t have a clue as to how to put together a team.

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