BREK SHEA became the second Stoke City star to light up the CONCACAF Gold Cup in as many days . . . after he fired home his inaugural goal for the United States as they edged out Costa Rica on Tuesday evening.
The winger, who joined the Potters from FC Dallas during the January transfer window, earned himself hero status in the US’ final Group C encounter by scoring the decisive goal of the game just five minutes after being introduced from the bench.
The victory sets a new national team record for the nation who can now boast eight consecutive wins, but more importantly ensures a first place finish in their group, ahead of Costa Rica, Cuba and Belize.
Speaking following the game, Shea revealed that he wasn’t expecting to play any part in the game: “It’s great, obviously,” he enthused. “It’s my first US goal, it’s the only goal of the game and it wins the group for us. It’s really good.
“I obviously prepared the same as I always do in the build-up to the game, but honestly, no, I wasn’t anticipating playing a part in the game tonight.”
The US’ showing means that the Potters will be represented by two players in the Quarter-Finals of the competition, with Shea joining Kenwyne Jones in the last eight, after he and his Trinidad and Tobago compatriots edged themselves through the group stages thanks to a 2-0 victory over Honduras on Monday.
The US will now face underdogs El Salvador in their last eight encounter in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday night, 24 hours after Trinidad are in action against the much-fancied Mexicans in Atlanta, Georgia.