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Brek Shea makes Premier League debut in Stoke City loss

Feb 23, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

Portrait of US player Brek Shea taken be

It happened earlier than you may have expected, but it was only by a matter of minutes.

In the 24th today at Craven Cottage — a place where Brian McBride and Clint Dempsey saw so much success — former FC Dallas winger Brek Shea came on for Stoke City, replacing Matthew Etherington. When the Potters’ first choice left wing went down with a back injury, the 22-year-old Texan became the 40th American to play in the English Premier League.

It was a mixed day for Shea, with Stoke going on to lose to the Cottagers, 1-0. Twice Shea gave Fulham pause on volleys inside the box. His first earned a penalty when it found Ashkan Dejagah’s arm, though Jonathan Walters’ ensuing attempt was saved by Mark Schwarzer. His second minutes later went just wide of the post. The tries hinted at the threat Shea can provide at the far post when Stoke build play through Walters on the right.

In other faects, Shea looked like a debutant. He gave the ball away too easily, which led to his being one of the lowest passing rates on the team.

But as debuts go, it was a positive one for Shea, especially considering he’s still coming back from a foot injury. Seventy-six minutes may have been more than Tony Pulis was anticipating for his new signing’s debut, but Shea showed he can hold his own.

If Etherington can’t recover for next Saturday’s match with West Ham, Shea will get a chance to see if he can hold his own for 90 minutes.

  1. mvktr2 - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    His 2nd half wasn’t bad. You could tell there was lots of rust, but he looked healthy. I anticipate him rising to the occasion and being quite successful.

    Though not his debut, Kai Kamara provided the spark in a totally lifeless Norwich City effort against Everton. Without Kamara Norwich not only doesn’t win, but they lose 1-0, his impact was that dramatic. Good for him and MLS.

  2. charliej11 - Feb 23, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Please hurry up and get money in the US game.

    Him playing ( or not probably ) in these game is not good for anyone’s development. The coaching is horrendous, do they even have a coach ? Cameron traded Dom for that ?
    The play is completely lacks any intensity at all. It looked like the game was in half-speed.

    It just can’t be good for anything….except the money.

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