Stoke manager Mark Hughes confirms Brek Shea is finalising move to Orlando City

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has confirmed recent reports linking USA midfielder Brek Shea to Orlando City are true, and he revealed that the deal is now being finalised.

Shea has struggled to make any sort of impact since moving to England with the Potters in January 2013 and a return to Major League Soccer should see him improve dramatically once again.

“We envisage Brek completing his move to Orlando,” Hughes said today.

“It hasn’t been confirmed yet, but he was in the building yesterday trying to tie it up.”

After thriving with FC Dallas from 2008-2012, Shea was expected to be the next USMNT star to make it in Europe. But that hasn’t happened and the 24-year-old will be looking to get his career back on track with a move to expansion side Orlando.

Playing regular action back in his homeland should also see Shea become more involved with Jurgen Klinsmann’s national team setup.

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After making 10 international appearances in 2013, Shea was on the right path but he missed the World Cup squad this year and only played twice for Klinsmann in 2014.

There isn’t any better way for Shea to enjoy a fresh start than with a side that has yet to play a game in MLS and Orlando will hope that their investment in him pays off.

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Orlando City to bring Brek Shea home to reignite career

Orlando City SC are closing in on the signing of US winger Brek Shea from Premier League side Stoke City, according to the Orlando Sentinel’s Paul Tenorio.

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.

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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.

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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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