BRIAN SCIARETTA - Thursday, September 11, 2014
After failing to move during the transfer window, Stoke City's Brek Shea has been loaned to Birmingham City on a three month emergency loan.
Shea, 24, has found playing time at Stoke City nearly impossible to come by and last week during the international break, U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann said it was "bummer" and that it was "bad" that Shea was stuck at Stoke.
The left winger from Texas now has a new club for the next three months where he will hope to revive his career which has been stuck ever since he moved to Europe at the start of 2013.
Birmingham City could use the help. Last season, the Championship club miraculously escaped relegation on the final day of the season after dealing with a financial scandal from its owner. It has been a difficult start to the season for Birmingham City so far with just five points in five games to leave it in 20th place in the 24 team league.
Shea is now the third American on the club where he joins U.S. Olympic hopeful Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector.