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Brek Shea still moving the wrong way, at Stoke City and for the U.S. national team

Apr 28, 2013, 5:25 PM EDT

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Thinking of buying stock in Brek Shea? Hmmm, you might be better to “sell” at the moment.

Another weekend has come and gone with the Stoke City winger nowhere in sight. If you’re disappointed in the young U.S. man’s inability to make progress up Tony Pulis depth chart, you’ve got nothing on Jurgen Klinsmann.

Shea did not play as Stoke scored an important 1-0 win over Norwich. (Geoff Cameron didn’t start in this one, by the way, but did play the final half hour.)

The United States national team coach isn’t exactly saying so – not with his words, at any rate – but if you listen to Klinsmann it seems clear that he is less than pleased with how Shea’s transfer is working out. Or, better put, how it is not working out. Not for now, at least.

Listen to what Klinsmann had to say on Wednesday during that media summit, attended by a few U.S. journalists, including your ProSoccerTalk pal here.

Obviously they make their own decisions and they have to deal with the consequences, and by ‘consequences’ I mean with the situation they are facing. Brek Shea badly, badly wanted to go to Stoke City and now he’s not playing there, at all. He’s not even in the 18 at all, and he has to deal with that.

Klinsmann was asked if Shea discussed the winter move from FC Dallas to Stoke City.

Uh, no. No. Not really. I discussed it with [MLS vice president]Todd Durbin, but he badly, badly wanted that move. It is now what it is. It’s not helping us if he’s not in their first 18.

The interesting thing is that Klinsmann wasn’t asked about Shea here. He was asked about Carlos Bocanegra, and answered dutifully. But then he used Shea as the better example of “decisions and consequences.”

Shea has plenty of time, and all this could turn for him early next year, by September or so if he’s playing regularly for Stoke.

But for this summer? Things aren’t looking great.

  1. danielofthedale - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Really who did not see this coming? Shea is an attacking winger, and those two words are never used at Stoke separately much less together. Its almost as if players never look beyond the size of the check when they decide they want to leave and go to another team. I really could not think of a worse place for a player like Shea to go to than Stoke, and really England in general I would not think was a good fit for his playing style.

  2. pjbowmaster - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Has Shea been declared fit? Last I heard he wasn’t completely healed from his foot surgery. It would not surprise me if Tony Pulis has chosen to protect the investment. Let him come back for a full pre season training.

  3. bradygazelle - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Look how much better FC Dallas has been without Shea too!

  4. frostbjte - Apr 29, 2013 at 6:14 AM

    Pulis said weeks ago he’s not fit and won’t be risked this season. He has still not fully recovered from his foot surgery and has confirmed this himself.
    It has nothing to do with his form or if he’s good enough for the squad

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