A move back home to Major League Soccer would give Shea the chance to reinvent his career, after struggling to find any sort of form, of regular game time in England.
The 24-year-old moved to Stoke from FC Dallas for £2.5 million in January 2013, but has made just five appearances for the Potters in almost two years.
He has spent time on loan at Championship clubs Barnsley and Birmingham City in the past 12 months, but his loan spell with Birmingham ended on Saturday and Orlando are now prepared to give Shea an escape route from his English nightmare.
At 24, the left-midfielder has time to get his career back on track and a return to MLS should see that happen, while he will also hope to force his way back into US manager Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team plans.
He made over 100 appearances for FC Dallas between 2008-2012, with 98 of those coming in the regular season games and he scored 19 times for the club before moving abroad.
Shea has 27 international caps so far, with his most recent call-up coming in the friendly win against Czech Republic back in September.
He trained with Orlando City last summer and so he and the club know that a deal will be the best thing for the player. Seeing regular minutes in MLS with a new expansion side couldn’t be better for Shea.
The chance to reinvent his career has come at the perfect time and Orlando have another strong piece to add to their squad jigsaw before the new season begins in March.
The deal is expected to be confirmed this week, and Shea must make sure he remains sharp and hits the ground running.
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