Hughes not prioritizing Shea's World Cup hopes

The Stoke boss has indicated he will only loan out the American midfielder if a move would benefit the Potters.
American midfielder Brek Shea hopes a loan away from Stoke City could help land him a spot on the United States’ 2014 World Cup roster, but Potters manager Mark Hughes emphasized Monday his job is to do what’s best for Stoke, not to get players international minutes.

"My priority isn't to get Brek into the U.S. World Cup squad," Hughes said to ESPN. "My priority is to get him ready to play Premier League games here, and we are working on that every day. He has been talking about going out on loan, and if he can get into a decent club at a good level it would benefit him and us.

“If we feel an opportunity presents itself, and it would be good for Brek to go out and play games, then we'll look at it. But up to this point we haven't seen anything that we think will help."

That may disappoint the 23-year-old Texan whose only appearance for Hughes came in a 3-1 Capital One Cup win against Walsall and who had only two Premier League appearances under previous manager Tony Pulis.

U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann has showed faith in Shea, but with no appearances for several months something will have to change if the midfielder is to earn one of the 23 roster spots Klinsmann will select for his World Cup side. Not only is Shea not seeing game action but he has also been surpassed by Alejandro Bedoya, whose summer transfer to Nantes in France has gone much better than Shea’s move to the Premier League.

“We want our players to get to the highest level possible in order to have that competition, in order to meet the guys they are probably going to play against in the World Cup,” Klinsmann told “When this move happened in the summer break, we were all thrilled for Alejandro.”

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