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BY MICHAEL PENG
When U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann released his 23-man Gold Cup roster Tuesday, the absence of Brek Shea’s name came as a bit of a surprise.
Now, according to the Orlando Sentinel, there is a legitimate reason for why Shea would not be able to help his country defend the Gold Cup title.
The Sentinel reported that the Orlando City winger injured his groin/adductor during training with the USMNT in Amsterdam ahead of its June 5 friendly against Netherlands. Shea played through the injury during that game but sat out against Germany the following week before returning to Orlando.
“It just consistently got worse,” Shea told the Orlando Sentinel. “I’ve been playing and running at 70 percent, not even. So I wanted to do something and not have it become a serious, season-long type of injury. … Hopefully whatever we do can sort it out. I’ve had this injury before, and if you don’t take care of it, it can last a long time.”
Shea has played a full match in the last two contests for Orlando City and the club’s plan was to let Shea power through one more game before “shutting him down for the next two weeks,” according to the report.
However, Shea could not make it through the first half against the Colorado Rapids Wednesday night and Orlando City will rest him for at least 10 days before re-evaluating his injury.
What do you think of this development? Do you see Shea being added to the USMNT following the group stage? Who do you see starting for the USMNT at left back?
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