When the original Gold Cup roster was released, Brek Shea was not on it. Klinsmann explained that Shea was heading back to England in a bid to make his mark under new manager Mark Hughes at Stoke City.
However, after Josh Gatt was ruled out of the tournament due to a knee injury, U.S. Soccer announced that Shea would be added to the roster for the tournament. While it’s a nice pickup for the U.S., especially after Shea’s play on Friday, it does raise questions as to how that will affect his club status—particularly important in a World Cup year.
Shea is obviously not at the top of his game, as his technical ability is still rusty after a frustrating winter and spring full of injuries. But he did bring some much-needed energy to the U.S. attack against Guatemala when brought on as a sub.
Klinsmann would not have added Shea to the roster if he hadn't planned on using him; the only question now is if Shea is fit enough to start.