Arsenal goalkeeper James Shea to train with Colorado

Twenty-one year old made Arsenal's 18-man Champions League squad earlier in season

Arsenal goalkeeper James Shea

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Arsenal goalkeeper James Shea, 21, is heading for Colorado to train with the Rapids, Technical Director Paul Bravo told ColoradoRapids.com on Monday.

A product of Arsenal’s Academy, Shea has yet to feature for the Gunners’ first team, but did find himself on the bench for the UEFA Champions League match at French club Montpellier last September. He was included in the Champions League squad, behind Vito Mannone, as both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski were nursing injuries.

Shea is an Arsenal local, having been born in the London borough of Islington, just a stone’s throw from the Emirates Stadium.

A solid shot-stopper, Shea was part of the Arsenal side which won the FA Youth Cup in 2009, as well as the Premier Academy League.

The young keeper has previously spent time on loan at Dagenham & Redbridge in League Two, where he made his pro debut in 2011. He also had the briefest of spells at Southampton earlier that same year, but was recalled by Arsenal after just eight days.

A career highlight for Shea came in August 2010, when he was called to train with the England squad ahead of their Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria.

Shea is expected to arrive Monday night and take part in training Tuesday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, weather permitting.