Vancouver deals Jamaica int’l Barnes to Orlando City for Shea

Jamaica international Giles Barnes (blue jersey) is shown playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League match at the New York Red Bulls on February 22, 2017, in Harrison, New Jersey, USA. (Photo: Mexsport)

ORLANDO, Florida -- Jamaica international Giles Barnes forward was traded by the Vancouver Whitecaps to Orlando City for United States defender/midfielder Brek Shea on Saturday night.

The forward, who starred for the Reggae Boyz during their run to 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, came off the bench to replace Erik Hurtado in the 63rd minute of Vancouver's 1-1 draw at the New York Red Bulls in the first leg of the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Championship League quarterfinals on Wednesday.

“We’re thrilled to boost our attack with a player like Giles," Orlando general manager Niki Budalic stated. "His versatility to score and create goals will be a valuable asset this season.”

Barnes, 28, started last season with the Houston Dynamo, before he was dealt to Vancouver in July.

He has tallied 33 goals and 15 assists in 120 starts over 131 regular and postseason appearances since joining Major League Soccer in 2012.

With Jamaica, Barnes has earned 18 caps, scoring three goals since making his debut in 2015. In addition to the Gold Cup (2015: 6 games/2 goals), he has played in the Copa America (2015: 3/0, 2016: 3/0) and World Cup Qualifying (2018: 3/0).

Shea, who turns 27 on Tuesday, played the last two seasons with Orlando. Last year he made 27 MLS appearances and scored three goals. He is best known for scoring the only goal in the USA’s 1-0 win over Panama in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

“Brek is a tall, physical, skilled player and will bring a different dimension to our attack,” Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson commented. “We anticipate he will be available for selection as early as this Thursday’s Champions League match against New York.”