Video: Former Stoke misfit Brek Shea nets stunner for the US national team

Brek Shea

The now-Orlando City star opener the scoring against Switzerland with a stunning 25-yard free-kick.

Brek Shea didn’t get much of a chance to showcase his free-kick taking prowess at Stoke City but the US international provided a glimpse in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Switzerland of what Potters fans are now missing.

Having started the match at left-back, the versatile Shea stepped up in the 45th-minute of the match in Zurich to give his side the lead with a stunning looping effort, doing his chances of a regular starting role no harm whatsoever in the process.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s men would have to settle for a draw in the end, as the home side took advantage of Jozy Altidore’s 70th-minute red card to net a late equaliser through Valentin Stocker, but it was certainly an improved performance on last week’s 3-2 defeat to Denmark.

Shea himself has been a long-time favourite of Klinsmann’s since the German’s appointment as US head coach in the summer of 2011 but his struggles to earn first-team minutes following his move to Stoke in 2013 saw him become a peripheral figure in the setup during his time at the Britannia.

After making just five senior appearances for the Potters, the former FC Dallas standout opted to return to the States in December to join expansion side Orlando City SC for their inaugural MLS campaign, in the hopes of revitalising his still-promising career.

Having since been moved to the backline from midfield, his performances for both club and country have been more than encouraging and, after netting his fourth international goal, he may have just pushed himself further into Klinsmann’s plans moving forward.

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