Orlando City acquires U.S. int’l Shea
U.S. international Brek Shea (#23) was acquired by Orlando City SC on December 19, 2014. (Photo: Mexsport)

ORLANDO, Florida -- Orlando City SC announced Friday the signing of United States international Brek Shea as the Lions continue to build a roster ahead their inaugural Major League Soccer season.

Shea spent nearly two years in England after signing with Stoke City from FC Dallas in January 2013.  He was loaned to Barnsley this past January and then to Birmingham City in September.

“I can’t speak enough about the talent and passion that Brek brings to the squad,” said Orlando head coach Adrian Heath.  “Having had a chance to watch him train with us over the summer, I was impressed with the caliber of player he is and with his desire to win. I think those qualities fit well with our style of play, our team’s philosophy and the other talented players on our squad.”

Capped 27 times by the U.S., Shea joins a squad that already contains several CONCACAF standouts, including goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts (Jamaica), midfielders Darwin Ceren (El Salvador) and Kevin Molino (Trinidad & Tobago), as well as forwards forwards Jairo Arrieta (Costa Rica) and Bryan Rochez (Honduras).

The 24-year-old winger scored the only goal in the USA’s 1-0 win over Panama in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final and has appeared in six CONCACAF Champions League games with FC Dallas.