American international Brek Shea hasn’t burst on to the scene in England following his move overseas from Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas, so it’s no surprise to see a report from The Orlando Sentinel detail a near-done transfer for Shea to MLS.
The 24-year-old Texan will be on his way to Orlando City SC, a squad that will debut for the league in 2015, and made a splash in the summer transfer window with the signing of Brazilian notable Ricardo Kaka. Ahead of their impeding start only a few months away, Orlando has also acquired notable veterans Aurelien Collin, Amobi Okungo and Donovan Ricketts, among others.
Orlando City finalizing transfer for U.S. midfielder Brek Shea; expected to be done this week: http://t.co/IE5Nt47IzG
— Paul Tenorio (@PaulTenorio) December 14, 2014
Via The Sentinel:
The transfer [of Brek Shea], expected to be completed in the coming days, will bring back the former Major League Soccer All-Star and Best XI selection and could reinvigorate the career of a top U.S. prospect.
The dynamic left-footed midfielder adds even more star power to Orlando City’s lineup.
Shea spent several weeks training with the Lions this summer and impressed Orlando City coach Adrian Heath during that stint.
“I can’t hide the fact that I’ve enjoyed working with him and seeing him close up,” Heath told MLSsoccer.com in June. “You can look at players from afar but you really only get to know what they’re like when you see them this close up. The one thing that’s very apparent is the size and the power and the pace… It gives us an idea of what some of the players are like at the next level.”
The good news for Orlando, even though Shea hasn’t gathered much playing time in England, is that he may come back to America hoping to break into the national team, as he’s most likely noticed a slew of younger players being called up by Klinsmann after the World Cup. With a clear incentive to improve his performance and now on a team to accomplish this desire, Shea’s pacey skill may really surface.