So far, Brek Shea's trip across the Atlantic has been rougher than he anticipated. The former FC Dallas forward, who enjoyed mild fame in the states as American soccer's young hope, Adidas pitchman, and, of course, alt-weekly cover story subject, has spent his first season in the English Premiere League watching from the sidelines.
In three months, Shea made all of two appearances for Stoke City, neither of them particularly impressive. After that, he never even suited up as a sub. The team's manager -- who, by the way, was just fired -- has said Shea isn't "anywhere near" playing at a Premier League level.More »