Orlando City announced tonight that the club has traded Brek Shea to the Vancouver Whitecaps for midfielder Giles Barnes.
After training with the Lions during the 2014 season, Shea was acquired from Stoke City in the Premier League. The 2011 MLS MVP finalist made 46 appearances for the club during two seasons, scoring three goals and accumulating six assists.
Barnes was acquired by the Houston Dynamo in 2012 from English side, Doncaster Rovers. He made 113 appearances in the lone star state scoring 31 goals and assisting 14 times before being traded to Vancouver. Barnes made 10 appearances last season with the Whitecaps scoring twice with an assist.
Born in London, UK, Barnes is a Jamaican international through his grandparents having made 14 appearances for the country. He holds a green card which will make him a domestic player for Orlando City.
“We’re thrilled to boost our attack with a player like Giles. His versatility to score and create goals will be a valuable asset this season,” Orlando City General Manager Niki Budalic said through a club press release. “I’d like to thank Brek for his exemplary professionalism during his time with our club.”
Mainly an attacking player during his time in MLS, Barnes is most effective playing either on the wing or as an attacking midfielder. The 28-year-old made appearances in defensive midfield for Doncaster Rovers, and played center forward for the Houston Dynamo during the 2013 season.