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Horror tackle in Philadelphia injures Brek Shea… Stoke City not impressed

Jul 31, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

Stoke City Union Soccer AP

It was all going so well for US national team winger Brek Shea.

In Sunday’s Gold Cup final, Shea came off the bench and scored the game-winning goal with his first touch. Life is pretty good right now. Well, was.

Because, sadly, that upturn in his fortunes is over.

On Tuesday night Shea suffered a bad knee injury after a poor tackle from Philadelphia Union reserve Matt Kassel. Uh oh.

The friendly between the Union and Stoke took place at PPL Park and Shea had already scored after starting for the Potters. But that bright start was ended, as Kassel took Shea out in the 27th minute.

(MORE: Brek Shea’s late goal gives USA Gold Cup win over Costa Rica)

Needless to say Stoke City manager Mark Hughes wasn’t impressed with Kassel, as Shea know faces an anxious wait to find out the extent of the injury to his left knee.

It was a nasty injury. It looks like some damage to the ligaments in his knee. I thought it was a very, very poor challenge by the boy. What the hell was he was thinking of, I have no idea. It’s a friendly game. You need to protect your fellow professional. And I don’t think the guy did that. I don’t know who he was. Maybe he was trying to make a name for himself, I don’t know. He went the wrong way about it.

So Shea’s nightmare with injuries continues. Just when everything was on the up for the FC Dallas product, wham, a crunching tackle from Kassel has changed all that.

Even Kassel’s own fans were booing him after they saw Shea limp off in severe pain. But as yet there this is the only video footage of his tackle, as the link to the game video from last night is actually showing a ticket promotion when the challenge comes in. But you can see Shea rolling around in agony after Kassel lunges in.

Check it out here at the 37:53 mark.

Shea, 23, has been hampered by injury since joining Stoke from FC Dallas in January. And after impressing in spells at the Gold Cup, scoring crucial game-winners, Hughes will have been eager to give Shea an extended run in the team as the winger had only joined Stoke’s preseason tour yesterday.

Let’s hope this injury isn’t a serious as it looks. The last word on this should go to Shea.

“Obviously I’m pretty upset right now . I was excited to get back to Stoke and get ready for the season. Hopefully it’s not as bad as it feels. When I was walking off, he [Kassel] apologized. And I said, ‘[Expletive] happens.’”

  1. lyleoross - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Can we get this idgit banned? He just hosed a potential World Cup piece for his own country in a friendly. What a donkey.

  2. briantfobi - Jul 31, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    The Union covered up the play with a commercial. Pretty weak sauce.

    • msilverstein47 - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      no clue as to why the article clearly quotes the play in question with a link and there is no video of the actual tackle…

      • untilwego - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:02 PM

        There was no broadcast nationally or locally the Philadelphia Union streamed it through their YouTube site, but that video was the scoreboard video they were showing. I was at the game the tackle was uncalled for and completely unnecessary. No cover up on the tackle it was by random chance that it took place as they were talking about the 50/50 raffle.

  3. talgrath - Jul 31, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    …why do all of my favorite USMNT players get injured by bad tackles? WHY?! And in a friendly too? I need a drink.

  4. sluggo271 - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    MLS as been trying to get rid of the ugly, ugly physical side of soccer for some time now. They have ALOT of work to do it seems.

    • carbacher - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      This guy was a bench player, playing out of position. Don’t think it’s fair to judge an entire league off of him.

  5. jamezyjamez - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I bet this asshat didn’t even get carded…maybe this will get league to wake up to its poor state of affairs in terms of officiating and the lack of player self-control it breeds.

    “but but it was unintentional and I was going for the ball….”

    yeah sure, right through a player. total BS and goes unpunished several times in each MLS match.

    • msilverstein47 - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      Jamez, it was a yellow card

  6. miketoddryan - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Is this idiot serious with that tackle in a friendly? Jergen is thrilled, I bet.

  7. quagmate - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Don’t think for minute this wasn’t on purpose. American soccer at it’s finest showing once again the almost mind boggling gap in thinking between the rest of the world and the United States. From youth soccer on up our “lads” have been drilled in the fine arts of “man or the ball”. Encouraged by parents who wouldn’t even know what a good tactical foul was, coached by former players who carry-on the meatball tradition and refereed by part time hacks who think persistent infringement is a suggestion and not an actual rule.

    “Bleep happens.” That’s not an apology, it’s a bleeping excuse, if not an all out endorsement of the players actions. And that is why the MLS is un-watchable. Heck if they actually enforced the rules, half the players would be suspended by midseason.

    How are you going to promote talent, if the talent keeps getting targeted and injured? Who wants to play a game where if you are any good, you are a target?

    • carbacher - Aug 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      Shea said “Bleed happens”, not Kassel. He clearly didn’t hurt him on purpose and DID apologize.

  8. hildezero - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Yeah, that’s true. It was a bad unlucky tackle by Kassel, but that doesn’t mean he’s a really bad guy. Now, Johnny Evans… That’s a bad guy.

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