Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Stoke City high on 'U-S-Shea'
by Paul Kennedy, February 1st, 2013 12:22AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, england, fc dallas, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[AMERICANS ABROAD] Brek Sheabegan the week as usual, continuing his recovery from surgery to remove a bone in his foot and training with FC Dallas on Monday morning. By Thursday, the final day of the January transfer window, the 22-year-old midfielder was greeted to chants of "U-S-Shea" as he left training at English club Stoke City. The Potters reported the transfer fee to be 2.6 pounds ($4 million), tying it for fourth among the highest estimated fees an MLS club has paid for an American.

"Brek is a very, very exciting player, and one who we believe could go on to become a very good player for Stoke," said Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

Pulis traveled to London Thursday to help clear the final hurdle: Shea's work permit appeal.

Shea had already passed a medical exam with the Potters, but the deal was contingent on Shea winning the appeal of his work permit application.

He had not played in 75 percent of the USA's international games over the past two seasons, but Stoke's attorneys argued mitigating circumstances: the broken sesamoid bone, which had plagued him most of last year and was surgically removed in November.

"It's fantastic news that we have been able to push through the deal," Pulis said. "He has terrific pace, a very good left foot and he is capable of scoring goals. If you look at the clippings of him on the Internet then you will see what he is all about. I believe he has all the tools needed to be a success here."

Highest MLS Transfer Fees (Americans)

PLAYERTRANSFER FEEFROMTOYEAR
1. Jozy Altidore$10 millionNew York Red BullsVillarreal2008
2. Eddie Johnson$6 millionKansas City WizardsFulham2008
3. Maurice Edu$5 millionToronto FCRangers2008
4. Brek Shea$4 millionFC DallasStoke City2013
4. Clint Dempsey$4 millionNew England RevolutionFulham2006
6. Tim Howard$3.6 millionMetroStarsMan. United2003
7. Tim Ream$2.75 millionNew York Red BullsBolton Wanderers2012
8. Geoff Cameron$2.7 millionHouston DynamoStoke City2012
9. DaMarcus Beasley$2.5 millionChicago FirePSV2004
10. Freddy Adu$2 millionReal Salt LakeBenfica2007


Note: All fees are estimates based on reports at the time of the transfer.



5 comments
  1. I w Nowozeniuk
    commented on: February 1, 2013 at 9:47 a.m.
    Let's see what consistency Shea brings to the table.
  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: February 1, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.
    Fantastic for Shea! The best thing that happened to this American. It is crucial that our young Americans get into the Pro game at 16+...yes, there are exceptions, however and for the most part in the US 90 days of College soccer simply isn't enough time to develop aside of the studying time. When each MLS side has full-time young professionals we will see an increase of "Yanks" going abroad for these types of fees$$$...next problem...keeping them in MLS...the game is progressing in a Professional direction as compared with the rest of the world. Bravo to Shea!
  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: February 1, 2013 at 9:05 p.m.
    I'm surprised no one in commenting on this fantastic news! Come on Ridge...put in your 2 cents...but be nice!:)
  1. Frank Cardone
    commented on: February 2, 2013 at 1:57 p.m.
    Please advise as to who receives what share of the transfer amount ($4 million in this case) when an MLS player signs with another club. Thanks.
  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: February 3, 2013 at 12:21 a.m.
    Frank...The 3/4 of the Transfer Fee in this case went to Dallas...the rest to the MLS. "Transfers" occur in Leagues around the world from amateur all the way up to Premier or First Divisions. FYI, when a Professional Club (1st, 2nd, or 3rd Division Club) eyes a 14-15-16 year old or from a lower professional league, they compensate the Club with a decent amount. This is how "smaller" clubs survive...by developing starting at the age of about "6..." Smaller clubs stay in business this way...develop, sell. Unfortunately, this does not occur in the United States. When commerce or "transfer fees" begin to occur, we will see the "pay to play" model slowly diminish which will take a massive financial strain of our youth clubs. By the youth game professionalizing, a proper and global Promotion/Relegation system in place the standard of the American player and game will most definitely improve. Look at the American transfers today!

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
MLS Talking Points: Sounders' script is same    
The story was the same for the Seattle Sounders on Saturday. Another New York opponent. Another ...
Messi says he's quitting Argentina    
The lasting image of the Copa Centenario won't be of Lionel Messi's free kick against the ...
Video Pick: Another big final miss for Higuain    
Bad luck seems to follow Gonzalo Higuain into the finals his goals have helped Argentina reach ...
Crowd Count: Copa Centenario averages more than 46,000    
The Argentina-Chile final at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, drew 82,026 fans,, pushing the ...
What They're Saying: Jurgen Klinsmann    
"Every day you learn. You learn about every individual, about your group, about the chemistry, about ...
MLS Week 16: Results & standings    
Diego Valeri converted two penalty kicks, the second in stoppage time, and assisted on the third ...
USA-Colombia Copa Centenario Player Ratings    
The USA finished the Copa America Centenario the same way it had started the tournament: shut ...
Euro 2016: Griezmann rescues France with pair of goals    
Antoine Griezmann scored two goals four minutes apart to lead host France to a 2-1 win ...
What They're Saying: Sunil Gulati    
"Our base-line [for average attendance] was 30,000; 35,000 would've been great, and 40,000 beyond our wildest ...
What They're Saying: Investment banker Keith Harris    
"It was a shock result. There are four players that we can reflect on and the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives