While questions at defense and forward remain unanswered for the US national team, Maurice Edu believes the deep talent pool among his fellow USMNT midfielders will only help the US improve during its pre-World Cup training camp.
Edu is coming off a successful season with Scottish club Rangers where he helped the Glasgow club win a second consecutive league title.
Accustomed to fighting for a starting spot every day in practice under the watchful eye of Rangers coach Walter Smith, Edu believes that same mentality exhibited by his US teammates will pay large dividends heading into next month's World Cup.
"There are alot of talented midfielders here," Edu told YA following Tuesday's practice session. "At the end of the day, it's going to be a good battle for everyone. That competition will bring out the best in all of us and whoever ends up playing midfield is going to do a good job for the team. I think you need that in every team. You need competition and I think we have that here."
One prospective pairing that US fans could see is the former Maryland standout linking up with Michael Bradley to provide a physical presence in the center of the midfield.
Should it be Bradley and Edu or any other midfielding duo, the Old Firm hero believes the combination set forth by the senior Bradley will have been tested before they take the field on June 12th.
"If [Edu and Bradley] ends up being the pairing, then I think we'll complement each other well," Edu said of the Borussia Monchengladbach man. "We can play off of each other That being said, there are other combinations on the team that have done well also. That area is a strong point so really, it's a strength we have on our team that different combinations play well together."
After missing last summer's Confederations Cup due to a knee injury sustained in Rangers' 2009 title-clinching finale, Edu's first match back with the national team was in March versus Holland, an absence of nearly 11 months.
While Bradley's squad fell short against the Dutch on that day, the former Toronto FC man believes they were able to extract alot of positives from the 2-1 loss.
"From every game you play you try to grow and learn from it," he said of the defeat to Holland. "Even though it was a loss, there were some positives you could take from that game. Now that we're in camp, we're trying to gel and make sure we're all fit and just make sure that we're all on the same page going into the tournament."
Much has been made about the US' first contest against England and it would stand to reason that Edu and company's thoughts are squarely on facing the Three Lions.
However now that the players are in camp, the Fontana, California native believes that the focus is very much on the present and whichever match is next on the docket is the one the team will be prepared to play.
"When the draw was made, I took a look at the draw and had some thoughts [about England]," concluded Edu. "But now at camp, we're training to be prepared for any game and when the time comes to play against England, we will be prepared for that."