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Maurice Edu

Maurice B. Edu, Jr. (born April 18, 1986) is an American Association football player who plays for Rangers F.C. in the Scottish Premier League and the United States men's national soccer team.

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Maurice Edu biography


Maurice B. Edu, Jr. (born April 18, 1986) is an American Association football player who plays for Rangers F.C. in the Scottish Premier League and the United States men's national soccer team.

Early life

Edu grew up in San Bernardino, California to Nigerian parents. Maurice Edu father, Maurice Sr., was a mathematics teacher, and Maurice Edu mother is a chemistry teacher. Edu has three sisters and a brother.

Club career

Maryland Terrapins

Edu was at the University of Maryland, College Park from 2004 until 2006 and played three years for the Maryland Terrapins, including a role on the 2005 squad which won the National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA Men's Division I Soccer Championship national championship. Maurice Edu forfeited Maurice Edu final year of NCAA eligibility to enter the 2007 MLS Superdraft as a Generation Adidas player. Maurice Edu was named a Division I First-Team All-American (soccer) in 2006.

Toronto FC

Edu cut short Maurice Edu time at college to join Major League Soccer and was drafted by Toronto FC as the first overall pick of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. Maurice Edu made Maurice Edu MLS debut on April 25, 2007, against Kansas City Wizards, and Maurice Edu scored Maurice Edu first professional goal in the seventy-fifth minute of a game against Chicago Fire S.C. on May 12. During that first season Maurice Edu made twenty-five appearances in MLS and scored four goals. Maurice Edu ended Maurice Edu debut season by winning the MLS Rookie of the Year award and earning Maurice Edu first senior national team cap.

Rangers

On August 16, 2008, Edu flew to Glasgow to hold talks with Scottish Premier League team Rangers F.C. after a fee of £2.6 million, was agreed with MLS. Edu signed a five-year contract with Rangers on August 17, 2008, but had to wait until five days later to officially join after successfully gaining a Work permit (United Kingdom).

Edu made Maurice Edu debut for Rangers in a league match against Kilmarnock F.C. on September 13, 2008. The team won 2–1 thanks to a Kris Boyd double. Edu scored Maurice Edu first goal for Rangers on April 8, 2009, in a league match against St. Mirren F.C. and then followed Maurice Edu goal up with another against Hibernian F.C. in a 3–2 win at Easter Road eleven days later. Maurice Edu went on a run of games towards the end of the season including Maurice Edu Old Firm debut against Celtic on May 9 at Ibrox Stadium in a 1–0 Rangers win. Maurice Edu ended Maurice Edu first season in Scottish football by winning a league championship medal - having played in twelve of Rangers' thirty-eight games in the 2008-09 Scottish Premier League. However, a torn cruciate knee ligament saw Maurice Edu miss out on the 2009 Scottish Cup Final.

After recovering from Maurice Edu injury, Edu returned for Rangers as a 74th minute substitute in a 4–1 win against Hibernian on December 27, 2009, but only played four games before being sidelined for another month with an ankle problem. Maurice Edu had complained of racist abuse from two Rangers supporters after the club's embarrassing 4–1 home defeat to FC Unirea Urziceni in October 2009. A turnaround in Maurice Edu fortunes began when Maurice Edu came off the bench to score a 93rd minute stoppage-time winner against Old Firm rivals Celtic F.C. on February 28, 2010, as Rangers won 1–0. This goal gave Rangers a ten point lead in the league with a game in hand. On March 21, 2010, Edu came on as a half-time substitute when Rangers beat St. Mirren to win the 2010 Scottish League Cup Final. Maurice Edu domestic season ended with Maurice Edu being awarded a second league medal having appeared in fifteen of the thirty-eight games. During the 2010-11 season, Edu made Maurice Edu Champions League debut against English giants Manchester United F.C. at Old Trafford and drew plaudits for Maurice Edu performance. On 20 October 2010, Maurice Edu scored Maurice Edu first Champions League goal against Spanish side Valencia CF, converting from a Vladimír Weiss (footballer born 1989) corner, but scored an own goal to equalise for Valencia minutes after the restart in a game that finished 1-1.

Edu made Maurice Edu 100th appearance in all competitions for the Gers on 5 November 2011 in their 3-1 win over Dundee United.

International career

Edu made Maurice Edu international debut for the United States men's national soccer team against Switzerland national football team on October 17, 2007, and won Maurice Edu second cap a month later against South Africa national football team, where Maurice Edu registered an assist on Steve Cherundolo's winning goal. Edu was included in the U.S. team for the Football at the 2008 Summer Olympics - Men's tournament. Maurice Edu played in all three of the group matches and deputized as a center back. Edu drew a penalty in the final game of the group stage against Nigeria which Sacha Kljestan took and finished. However, the U.S. were knocked out of the group stage after that loss. Edu scored Maurice Edu first international goal for the U.S. during of a friendly against Czech Republic on May 25, 2010.

Edu made only one brief appearance for the national team in 2009, as a stoppage-time substitute in a World Cup qualifier against El Salvador. That was Maurice Edu solitary game in the final stage of qualifying for South Africa. Despite this Maurice Edu was selected as a member of the 23-man roster for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. On June 18, against Slovenia national football team, Maurice Edu volleyed in a free kick from Landon Donovan in the 85th minute with the game tied at 2–2, but referee Koman Coulibaly disallowed the goal. Coulibaly's decision was heavily criticized by commentators and columnists alike who believe that the United States committed no fouls on the play and were in fact the ones who were being fouled for the most part.

International goals


Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Edu

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