Brek Shea’s international revival has been somewhat significant at a position of relative mediocrity for the United States. Unfortunately, Shea was left off the Gold Cup roster, and some were concerned that it would come to a grinding halt.
That does not appear to be the case. According to what Shea told the Orlando Sentinel, the 25-year-old has a nagging groin injury he picked up in training before the USMNT friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. He was able to play through the injury for that game, but did miss the following win over Germany.
The injury has slowly grown more significant as Shea tries to train and play through it, and thus has caused him to be shut down. In fact, Orlando City’s plan for his injury management may have cost him a spot on the Gold Cup roster.
According to the Sentinel report, the club was planning on having him play through his injury for three matches in a tightly-packed span before giving him two weeks rest. Unfortunately, while he gutted out the full 90 minutes in games against D.C. United and Montreal, he couldn’t make it past halftime last night against Colorado, and now will be forced out.
“It just consistently got worse,” Shea told the Sentinel following the 2-0 win over Colorado. “I’ve been playing and running at 70 percent, not even. So I wanted to do something and not have it become a serious, season-long type of injury. … Hopefully whatever we do can sort it out. I’ve had this injury before, and if you don’t take care of it, it can last a long time.”
The Sentinel reports he will be shut down for 10 days before reevaluating his injury at that point. There’s a chance Shea could be added to the USMNT roster following the group stage if he heals quickly, but Klinsmann has given a sense of aversion to too much roster change this Gold Cup. The final group stage match is on July 13, while the knockout stage would begin on July 18.