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Gold Cup hero Shea loaned to Birmingham City

United States international Brek Shea (#11) was loaned to England's Birmingham City on September 11, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

BIRMINGHAM, England – Birmingham City announced Thursday that it has acquired the services of United States international Brek Shea from the Barclays Premier League’s Stoke City on a three-month emergency loan.

There is no recall option for the 24-year-old, whose deal will run up to and including December 13.

The Championship side moved for the American after multiple players suffer injuries in recent weeks, including Lee Novak (knee), Denny Johnstone (thigh) and Olly Lee (hamstring).

"I've been chasing Brek for a while and actually wanted to sign him permanently at the start of the season," Birmingham City manager Lee Clark told bcfc.com.  "He impressed me when he played for Barnsley here at St. Andrew’s on New Year’s Day and, given our recent injuries, it made sense to make this loan move, importantly with no recall clause being something that I have stressed all along."

The winger joined Stoke City from FC Dallas in January 2013, making five first-team appearances during an injury-hit stint in England.  He was loaned to Barnsley last January and made eight appearances for the Tykes.

Shea has won 27 caps for the U.S., scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Panama in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.  He's the third American in the current Blues team with Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood.

 
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