Glasgow Rangers Poised To Land Toronto FC's Maurice Edu
Another rising American star is set to take his game overseas.
Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League have confirmed that MLS has accepted a bid for the Toronto FC player worth just a shade over $5 million. The only remaining obstacle is a work permit, a hearing for which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 19th.
The 22-year old Edu was named the 2007 MLS Rookie of the Year after starring in the defensive midfield role for Toronto FC. Toronto coach Mo Johnston thought highly enough of Edu to mention his name when Rangers manager Walter Smith asked him if he thought any current MLS players would do well overseas.
"We had asked Maurice (TFC manager Johnston) if he thought there were any players in the American league whom he thought would do well, and he recommended two or three players," Smith said in a report from Glasgow.
Edu has also made several appearances on the international stage for the United States, representing them at both the U-23 level and on the senior National Team. He played as a central defender in the Beijing Olympics, and represented himself well there. His play on that stage is most likely what caused his stock to rise so high.
Edu will join fellow American DaMarcus Beasley in the midfield at the Glasgow club.
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