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- DOB April 18, 1986
- Age 27
- Place of birth Fontana, California
- POSITION Midfielder
- HEIGHT 6'0"
- WEIGHT 170
- U.S. CAPS 44
- CLUB Bursaspor
- TWITTER @mauriceedu (475K followers)
- ASN 100 Rank 20
- Previous ASN 100 Rank 25
- Youth Experience U-23
- ASN QUESTIONNAIRE Read now
Maurice Edu's public profile, one where he's outgoing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social networks, flies in the face of his game. On the field, he's a hard worker who can occasionally get forward but thrives when breaking up opponent's attacks. Edu's passing can be suspect, however, a trait that needs to be improved if he's going to continue to hold a starting spot. For his club teams—especially when he was with Rangers—Edu specializes in scoring dramatic, last-minute goals, a trait he has not brought to the U.S. team. He needs to be more consistent if he wants to find more time under Jurgen Klinsmann.
The California native broke into the U.S. team in October 2007, starting against Switzerland. He further established himself by making three appearances in the 2008 Olympics after captaining the squad in CONCACAF qualifying. In 2008 Edu jumped from Toronto FC, who drafted him first in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, to Glasgow Rangers, working his way into the rotation during the Scottish club’s league-winning 2008-2009 campaign. Injuries limited his effectiveness, however, while Edu also found himself embroiled in a racism controversy. He spoke out against Sepp Blatter's stance: "I won't comment on his comments directly, but racism does exist in football. I will say I don't agree with the whole thing that if a racist comment is made in a game it should end with a handshake," he told the Daily Mirror in 2010.
Edu’s 2010 proved to be a better year for him—both for club and country. Edu started three of the four matches in the World Cup and scored the famous nongoal goal against Slovenia. Since South Africa, first Bob Bradley and now Jurgen Klinsmann have been attempting to figure out how to get Edu, Michael Bradley, and Jermaine Jones on the field together. It's starting to come together. "It gives us a different option there, a different formation there, and I thought we played that pretty well tonight," Edu told Goal.com after a 5-1 victory over Scotland in May 2012. "The three of us are similar players so we can kind of play those roles pretty interchangeably. But I felt pretty good back there today, sitting in front of the back four allowing Michael and Jermaine to get forward a little bit more and get into the box. They both did well to get goals for themselves today so I thought we played pretty well together, the three of us in there."
Edu, who moved to Stoke City in 2012, continues to push for time as a box-to-box, ball-winning midfielder. The issue is that Klinsmann seems to have abandoned the midfield trio, at least for now. If there's going to be an odd-man out, Edu may find himself on the outside looking in—at least until his distribution improves.—NOAH DAVIS
Noteworthy ReadsMaurice Edu: International Duty Is a Welcome Escape from Rangers Worries (Sports.stv.tv)
Maurice Edu Happy with Showing of U.S. Midfield Showing (Goal.com)
Maurice Edu Wades into Sepp Blatter Race Row (Daily Record)