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U.S. national team winger Brek Shea has loan terminated after fan incident at Barnsley

Mar 10, 2014, 1:05 PM EDT

Brek Shea-Columbus

Well, that didn’t go as well as we would’ve liked.

On Monday English Championship side Barnsley released a short statement saying U.S. national team attacker Brek Shea has returned to parent club Stoke City after his loan spell in Yorkshire had been cut short.

Shea, 24, was involved in a heated argument with a group of Barnsley’s fans after a recent 5-0 defeat to Huddersfield as he and his teammates walked off the field. Shea’s teammate, Stephen Dawson, reacted angrily to comments from Barnsley’s supporters and Shea seemed to make an obscene gesture with his middle finger towards the fans which sparked outrage from the fans, the club and Tykes manager Danny Wilson.

After already apologizing for his actions via Twitter, Shea then went on U.S. national team duty last week before returning to Barnsley for their 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest over the weekend. But Shea was not included in the 18-man squad and the Oakwell club have now ended his loan spell early, which was slated to run until April 3.

Shea played in eight games for the Championship team, but now he’s without regular soccer for the rest of the season unless Stoke can immediately hook the U.S. player up with another loan deal. Ahead of the World Cup this summer, where many believe Shea could be a great impact player off the bench in Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad, this isn’t exactly what the Texan would’ve been hoping for.

Let’s hope Shea can get sorted and find game-time somewhere between now and May, as he looks to make one last push and get on the USMNT plane to Brazil.

  1. mdac1012 - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Brek Shea’s biggest obstacle to fulfilling his potential is Brek Shea. At 24, it’s time to grow up, stop throwing temper tantrums and doing stupid things and act like a professional. The guy defiantly has talent, but at the rate he is going right now, he is in danger of being one of those guys we talk about as a “could have been.”

    • midtec2005 - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      I totally agree. Some guys take a while to mature mentally, he seems to be the poster boy for this. He will probably get it eventually, but hopefully it doesn’t take too much longer.

    • lyleoross - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      While I know the defiantly was a typo, it seems hilariously apropos given Shea’s problems with his temper.

  2. jay1934 - Mar 10, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    One has to control himself. I am a fan of Shea. But players don’t react by giving the finger to fans or cussing at them. That could cost the club in a crucial game.

  3. soccerkickin - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    This probably cost him any chance he had at going to the World Cup. If anything should serve to wake him up, this most certainly should.

  4. tonyolekanma - Mar 11, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    It’s all about ARROGANCE! What talent? He wouldn’t even make the roster of a high school team of a certain “third-world” country!!

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