Stoke City (Premiership)
#21 | Midfielder
April 18, 1986 (Age: 27)
6' 0", 175 lbs (1.83 m, 80 kg)
Drafted as the first overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Edu began his professional soccer career with expansion side Toronto FC. Despite the team's struggles, Edu's season with the Canadian club was a successful one as he went on to play in 25 games scoring four goals and garnering the 2007 MLS Rookie of the Year Award.
After just one year in MLS, Edu made the leap across the Atlantic and signed with Rangers of the Scottish Premier League in August of 2008. Edu's Rangers debut came one month later against Kilmarnock. In February of 2009, Edu earned his first SPL start against Hamilton Academical.
Edu started receiving regular playing time for Rangers in early April after midfielder Barry Ferguson was suspended by head coach Walter Smith. Edu made the most of his opportunity and responded with two game-winning goals.
Since replacing Ferguson, Edu has become a regular starter in the Rangers midfield and has spearheaded their SPL title run in the 2009-10 season.
Edu continued to enjoy success at Rangers, winning his third consecutive SPL title in May 2011.
Edu's career at Rangers took an unexpected twist in the 2011-12 season when the financial wheels came off the Glaswegian giants. Rangers suffered a massive points deduction for entering administration and were relegated to the fourth tier of Scottish soccer after the season.
Stoke City purchased Maurice Edu in late August 2012. Edu's first half-season at Stoke did not go well; the midfielder rarely cracked the matchday squad. In January 2013, he went on loan to Bursaspor for the rest of the season.
The Californian midfielder started his international career with the United States Under-23 team helping the U.S. qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Edu earned his first cap with the U.S. National Team in October 2007 in a friendly against Switzerland. In 2008, Edu represented the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games where the U.S. team failed to advance past the group stage of the tournament.
Edu struggled with injury problems and rarely appeared for the US during the Hexagon phase of World Cup qualifying. A return to health followed and the midfielder was named to the World Cup squad in 2010, where he made one start and two substitute appearances. Edu was the center of controversy when his goal against Slovenia was inexplicably disallowed, depriving the US of a win.
Edu was also a member of the 2011 Gold Cup team.