Union land U.S. midfielder Edu

The Sports NetworkJanuary 27, 2014 

Chester, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - After a drawn-out series of negotiations, the Philadelphia Union finally got their man on Monday, acquiring U.S. national team midfielder Maurice Edu from Premier League side Stoke City.

Edu, 27, comes to Philadelphia on a year-long loan with an option to purchase after struggling to break into the first-team at Stoke City. He will be added to the Union roster as a Designated Player and terms of the deal were not disclosed, per league and club policy.

"As a U.S. international with experience playing against some of the best competition in the world, Maurice adds a wealth of knowledge, skill and leadership to our club while still being in his prime," Union manager John Hackworth said. "We think he will be an excellent addition to our squad and we are very excited to have him return to MLS and represent the Philadelphia Union."

Edu, a former MLS Rookie of the Year and No. 1 overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft, returns to MLS after playing in Europe since 2008. He signed with Rangers in Scotland in 2008, where he went on to make 96 appearances and score nine goals before moving to Stoke City F.C. of the Barclays Premier League in 2012.

In addition to his European experience, Edu boasts an extensive resume as a U.S. men's national team member, playing in over 40 matches since 2007. He made his first appearance in 2007 against Switzerland and notched his first goal in 2010 against Czech Republic. He was also a member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup squad for the U.S., playing in three matches and recording one start during the competition.

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