Video: Brek Shea scores a stunner in Orlando City win

Brek Shea

The ex-Stoke City man netted his first league goal since 2012 in Sunday night's 4-1 victory over the Portland Timbers.

Former Stoke City man Break Shea was on the scoresheet for Orlando City SC on Sunday night as they cruised to a convincing 4-1 home win over MLS Cup holders Portland Timbers.

Orlando took the lead at the Citrus Bowl in the 13th-minute when Seb Hines headed home a Kaka set-piece, before Shea doubled their lead just after the half-hour with his first league goal since August 2012.

The 26-year-old left-back teamed up with club captain Kaka for a nifty give-and-go on the edge of the box before capping off the move with a powerful shot into the top right corner.

Portland had an opportunity to get back into the game from the penalty spot four minutes before the break after Shea was whistled for a handball in the area, but his blushes were spared when goalkeeper Joe Bendik saved Fandendo Adi’s effort.

The Nigerian striker was made to rue his miss in the second half as Kaka, who was making his first appearance of the season after recovering from a thigh strain, put Orlando 3-0 up four minutes after the break and Kevin Molino added a fourth from a spot-kick attempt of his own 14 minutes before the end.

Jack McInerney managed to grab a late consolation goal for the Timbers, but they are now winless in their last three matches since beating Columbus Crew SC 2-1 in their season opener.

Orlando, meanwhile, sit top of the Eastern Conference with eight points from their first four games, and there is no reason to think their impressive run of form cannot continue now Kaka is back fit.

After an injury-hit 2015 campaign, Shea will also be key to the club’s playoff hopes this term and could even push for a US national team re-call if he continues to impress over the coming months and keeps off the treatment table.

The former FC Dallas youngster's career significantly stalled during a dismal two-year spell at Stoke, where he made just three first-team appearances before returning to MLS to join Orlando in December 2014, but the USA’s on-going issues at left-back means he has a prime chance to get back into Jurgen Klinsmann’s plans.

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