Americans Abroad: Shea included in Stoke City preseason tour

Americans Abroad: Shea included in Stoke City preseason tour

Americans Abroad

Americans Abroad: Shea included in Stoke City preseason tour

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By TATE STEINLAGE 

Brek Shea will join Stoke City’s first team in its preseason preparations in Germany.

The club announced manager Mark Hughes’ 23-man squad Friday, which includes the 24-year-old U.S. Men’s National Team member. The 12-day tour will begin in the Traunstein district of Germany and will include three friendlies against Borussia Monchengladbach, 1860 Munich, and Schalke.

Shea is coming off a 2014 loan to Barnsley that ended abruptly in March after he was involved in a post-match altercation with club supporters. The midfielder rejoined Stoke City immediately following the incident as the EPL side battled to its 9th-place league finish.

The rest of Stoke City’s 23-man preseason roster can be viewed after the jump:

GOALKEEPERS

Daniel Bachmann, Jack Butland, Thomas Sorensen

DEFENDERS

Phil Bardsley, Robert Huth, Marc Muniesa, Erik Pieters, Ryan Shawcross, Ryan Shotton, Dionatan Teixeira, Andy Wilkinson, Marc Wilson

MIDFIELDERS

Charlie Adam, Stephen Ireland, Jamie Ness, Steven Nzonzi, Brek Shea, Steve Sidwell, Glenn Whelan

FORWARDS

Marko Arnautovic, Peter Crouch, Mame Biram Diouf, Jonathan Walters

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