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


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.

MLS Snapshot: Seattle Sounders 1-1 Los Angeles Galaxy

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The game in 100 words (or less): The Los Angeles Galaxy became the second team in the Western Conference to clinch a berth in the playoffs following a 1-1 draw against the Seattle Sounders. A terrible mistake from Seattle defender Zach Scott led to an easy goal for Robbie Keane, and it looked like that would be the winner until deep into stoppage time. In the 93rd minute, Chad Barrett got his knee on a corner kick to save a draw for Seattle, although the point was enough for LA. The Galaxy join FC Dallas as the two Western Conference teams headed to the postseason.

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Three moments that mattered

36′ — Robbie Keane capitalizes on Seattle’s mistake — Zach Scott misplayed a ball across the Sounders’ back line, as Robbie Keane intercepted the pass and finished one of the easiest goals he’s going to score. A true striker’s goal, Keane doesn’t miss ones like this.

64′ — Steven Gerrard denied by the woodwork — Los Angeles nearly made it 2-0 right after the hour mark, but Steven Gerrard was just inches off. Gerrard rose up to meet a corner kick from Juninho, but his header took a deflection and hit the crossbar before being cleared out of the box by Seattle.

90’+3′ — Chad Barrett finds a late, late equalizer — Just when it looked like LA was going to leave Seattle with a win, Chad Barrett stole a point for the Sounders. Marco Pappa whipped in a corner kick to the near post, which was flicked on by Brad Evans. Barrett surged into the box and got a knee on the ball as the match ended in a draw.

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Man of the match: Steven Gerrard

Goalscorers: Keane (36′), Barrett (90’+3′)

MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-2 Real Salt Lake

SANDY UT - MARCH 14: Olmes Garcia #13 of Real Salt Lake celebrates his goal during their game against the Philadelphia Union at Rio Tinto Stadium on March 14, 2015 in Sandy, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)
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The game in 100 words (or less): Real Salt Lake stays alive in the hunt for a playoff berth in the Western Conference with a crucial 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids. After falling behind early, RSL scored twice before halftime and held onto the lead for the rest of the match, moving within three points of the final playoff spot in the West. Real Salt Lake has three matches remaining, including a massive clash against the Portland Timbers, which will pretty much decide their season. For Colorado, it’s another year without playoff soccer.

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Three moments that mattered

16′ — Doyle heads Colorado into the lead — The former Premier League man gave the home side an early lead, thanks to a powerful header from quite a bit out. Sean St. Ledger played in a cross, where Doyle snapped a header into the top corner past Nick Rimando.

33′ — Joao Plata bends in the free kick — Trailing 1-0, Joao Plata drew RSL level with a brilliant free kick. Plata’s shot dipped over the wall and under the crossbar, as Clint Irwin stood helpless in goal for Colorado.

43′ — Mulholland fires home a volley to put RSL ahead — Luke Mulholland scored his first goal of the season, and it was a beauty. A corner kick popped out to the midfielder at the top of the box, as he rifled a shot off the bounce and into the side netting.

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Man of the match: Luke Mulholland

Goalscorers: Doyle (16′), Plata (33′), Mulholland (43′)