Gold Cup winner back to Potters squad for Tuesday’s match.
Fresh off the back of the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in which he scored the winner, Brek Shea has returned to the Stoke squad in time to compete for a place in the friendly against the Philadelphia Union.
It is the third and final match in Stoke’s tour of North America, having lost 2-0 to Houston Dynamo and won 1-0 against FC Dallas.
At Monday’s press conference in Philadelphia, Stoke manager Mark Hughes said he was looking forward to having the winger back in the fold: “We’re all waiting to congratulate him,” Hughes said.
“If he’s fit and well, he will be training with us this evening and hopefully we can give him some game time tomorrow.”
The Potters squad contains two other USAMNT players, defender Geoff Cameron, previously of Houston Dynamo, and Maurice Edu, a MLS Rookie of the Year award winning midfielder who played for Toronto FC and Rangers before moving to the Premier League.
Shea, Cameron and Edu will all be acquainted with the Philadelphia Union coach John Hackworth, as the 43 year-old spent time working in the USAMNT set up.
Although an enjoyable event and undoubtably a good experience for the Philadelphia players to take on a Premier League team, their game on Saturday is where the real test lies when they take on Chicago Fire at home, where a win would keep them in touching distance of conference leaders Sporting Kansas City.