The Philadelphia Union have managed to secure a deal to bring Maurice Edu back to the club on a permanent basis from Stoke City after excelling in MLS last season, as Jonathan Tannenwald revealed earlier today.
Edu was arguably the Union’s best player as he played 31 times in the league, scoring three times and picking up one assist while playing at both central midfield and at the heart of the defence.
Bringing him back for the 2015 season is a major boost for the Union and the USMNT midfielder has reportedly signed a three-year contract.
The deal is expected to be confirmed by the Philadelphia Union in the next 24 hours and a transfer fee would have been paid to Stoke as he still has six months remaining on his current contract with the Premier League club.
Philadelphia haven’t been too busy in the offseason so far and have only brought in C.J. Sapong in a trade with Sporting Kansas City so far, but the addition of Edu on a permanent basis will help fans build excitement for the new campaign.
The 28-year-old was disappointed to miss out on Jurgen Klinsmann’s 23-man squad for the World Cup last summer but playing consistently well in MLS again will surely increase his chances of forcing his way back in to the US Men’s National Team.
Edu won the MLS Rookie of the Year award in his first season with Toronto back in 2007 and after shining on loan last year, he will now be able to excel in Major League Soccer for the foreseeable future.
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