MLS SuperDraft 2016: How have previous No.1 picks fared?

Since the introduction of the all-encompassing MLS SuperDraft in 2000, there have been 16 players deemed worthy to be the prestigious No.1 choice at the key offseason event – but what has happened to some of these players? Who became leading men in the MLS and who retired wondering what could’ve possibly happened? Jamie Dawe investigates…

The Successes:

Cyle Larin (2015) – Selected by and currently with Orlando City

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Larin may have only spent one season in MLS so far – but what a season it was! A new rookie record of 17 goals for Orlando City in only 27 appearances has proved Larin to be a sublime finisher in front of goal. His fine season included hat-tricks against the Red Bulls and NYCFC as he showed his range of abilities in and around goal (remember that drive from outside the box against Chicago Fire).

Add to this the four goals he has picked up on international duty with Canada this year and you have one tantalising prospect for the future. You can only wonder how long he can resist the temptation of European football, even if it has only been one season in MLS so far…

Maurice Edu (2007) – Selected by Toronto FC, currently with Philadelphia Union

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Edu’s first season in MLS after being drafted in 2007 was a major success, with 25 appearances and four goals resulting in the MLS Rookie of the Year award, becoming the first No.1 pick to receive it. Edu was sold to Glasgow Rangers in August 2008 for £2.6 million and had four successful years in Scotland before the bankruptcy of the club forced him to leave.

Three underwhelming years at Stoke City in the Premier League followed and Edu now finds himself back in MLS as one of Philadelphia Union’s Designated Players. A total of 46 international appearances for the USA show that even though there may have been some rocky patches – Edu’s career has been a success. He has become an integral part of the Union side now and is at home in MLS.

Honourable mentions: Andrew Farrell (2013), Chance Myers (2008), Marvell Wynne

(2006) & Alecko Eskandarian (2003)

The Failures:

Freddy Adu (2004) – Selected by D.C. United, currently with Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Anyone who claims to be a devout follower of world football will have certainly heard of Freddy Adu – the man once dubbed ‘the next Pele’. However, this incredible comparison has yet to come to fruition, and is highly unlikely to.

Drafted in 2004 at the incredibly young age of 14, Adu was thrust into world football’s limelight with D.C. United – scoring his first MLS goal just two months shy of his 15th birthday. Adu signed with Benfica at the age of 18 and spent four years either with the side or on loan around the world before moving back to MLS in 2011.

This would turn out to be a poor spell with Philadelphia Union, before then moving to Bahia in 2013. After two more turbulent years, Adu now finds himself with NASL outfit Tampa Bay Rowdies. He still has 17 international caps with the USMNT to his name, however, considering his expected ability and predicted potential, he hasn’t quite turned out to be the next Pele. You can’t put him down as anything other than a failure – although he still left his mark on MLS history with his incredible SuperDraft selection.

Steve Shak (2000) – Selected by New York MetroStars, now retired

Shak will forever be able to hold on to the fact that he was the first ever No.1 MLS SuperDraft pick. However, there was nothing much more to shout about in the rest of his MLS career – which lasted three disappointing seasons. Shak wasn’t expecting to be drafted until at least the second round and the MetroStars’ (now Red Bulls) surprise draft choice was never vindicated. A poor return of one goal from 32 appearances highlight a more than underwhelming return in his two seasons with the side, before he then moved to the Colorado Rapids, for whom he appeared six times before being released. Shak went on to retire in 2009 at the age of 31 after fulfilling none of his potential.

Honourable mentions: Chris Carrieri (2001), Chris Gbandi (2002), Nikolas Besagno (2005) & Steve Zakuani (2009)

The Unproven: 

Andre Blake (2014) – Selected by and currently at Philadelphia Union

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Blake was chosen by the Union at the age of 23 – the oldest No.1 pick in the history of the SuperDraft – but with goalkeepers peaking significantly later than outfield players, Blake was still chosen as one for the future. However, since being drafted by the Union, he has made more international appearances for Jamaica (12), than league appearances for the Union (7), so it would be fair to say he’s found first team opportunities hard to come by. Though with the Union planning to rebuild after a poor season, Blake is one of two goalkeepers still on the roster for 2016 and this may be his year to show his true potential.

Omar Salgado (2011) – Selected by Vancouver Whitecaps, currently with Tigres UANL

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Salgado is still very much a player of immense talent – and at 22, age is still on his side. Only 26 appearances and one goal for the 6ft 4in forward in his three years in the MLS seems poor – but Salgado had his fair share of injuries. He fractured his foot in 2012 and then again in 2013 – the latter making him miss an entire season. Salgado was purchased by Mexican side Tigres UANL at the start of 2015 – but has yet to make an appearance for the first team as he spent time on loan with the Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2015. Sooner or later, he needs to make an impact, otherwise his career is in danger of sinking before it has even really began.

Honourable Mentions: Danny Mwanga (2010) & Andrew Wenger (2012)

The Future…?

Joshua Yaro (Georgetown)

Yaro is a capable all round defender who will happily play at centre-back or at full-back. He is a product of the Right To Dream Academy in Ghana, who have produced current MLS players in David Accam and Dominic Oduro. At 5ft 11in, his future will more than likely be out wide, rather than in the heart of the defence, but part of the draw to Yaro is that he is such an adaptable player. He is willing to play in the centre, left or right of defence as well as in central midfield. Yaro is viewed as the most likely player to be chosen by Chicago Fire as the No.1 overall pick at the upcoming draft.

Brandon Vincent (Stanford)

A teammate of the much fabled Jordan Morris, Vincent has been crucial in taking the Stanford Cardinals to the College Championship crown. As another 5ft 11in defender, his future is more than likely on the flanks of defence, a position of need for many MLS sides. So, expect him to be drafted in the first 5 picks, if not as the No.1 overall selection.

Abu Danladi (UCLA)

Another Right To Dream Academy graduate, Danladi has been in the US since 2011 and has significant potential as a flamboyant winger. Undoubtedly the best prospect as a winger at the 2016 SuperDraft.

Fabian Herbers (Creighton)

Herbers is a 22-year-old German with an already high reputation. One season in the fifth tier of German football as a teenager saw him score 25 goals with 17 assists. A capable player in a wide role or ‘in the hold’ behind the striker, he can give any MLS team an invaluable attacking option and could be an early pick.

Who do you think will be the best prospect at the 2016 MLS SuperDraft?

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What should AFC Bournemouth expect in friendly against Philadelphia Union?

Premier League newcomers AFC Bournemouth play their first preseason game on Tuesday night as Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union will play host to the Cherries at PPL Park in what should be an intriguing game.

Bournemouth won the Championship with relative ease last season and so Eddie Howe‘s side fully deserve their place in the top flight of English football. But they know it will be a tough season and so their preseason preparations must be executed perfectly.

A trip to the United States to face the Union will improve team spirit and will help the new signings gel with their teammates before they play their first game together on Tuesday night in what will be a real test.

Preparation

The fact that Philadelphia are in the middle of their domestic campaign will help them as fitness levels will be at the perfect level, whereas Eddie Howe’s squad have not played a game for over two months.

Preseason is all about improving match fitness but the Cherries may suffer against physically more equipped opponents at this stage of their summer.

As well as fitness, Bournemouth will be looking for a positive result and there is no doubt that returning to England with a win will be the aim here.

Many Bournemouth fans, and perhaps players too will likely be surprised by the quality of play that the Union will be able to demonstrate. Major League Soccer has improved dramatically each year and teams are now in a position to give even the strongest Premier League sides a test.

Form

Philadelphia are currently seventh in the Eastern Conference and sit 16th in the overall MLS standings. It’s not been a perfect season by any stretch for Jim Curtin’s side but they haven’t lost in three and beat Portland Timbers 3-0 at home on Saturday night – a game the Bournemouth players watched from inside the owner’s box at PPL Park.

Five of their six wins this season have come at PPL Park and they are always better in front of their owns fans.

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Philly lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace in a friendly last July and will be looking to put in a better performance this time around against the Premier League newboys.

Over 15,000 fans turned out to watch the game against Palace last year and so another good atmosphere is to be expected for Tuesday night’s game.

Tactics

Jim Curtin will no doubt be prioritising Saturday night’s game against Toronto FC and so star players will not feature for more than 45 minutes on Tuesday. But a strong team is to be expected as Philadelphia will likely line up in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation – a system Bournemouth will come up against numerous times in the Premier League this year.

Maurice Edu has made more starts than any other Philadelphia player this season and the versatile American will likely continue in defence for the visit of AFC Bournemouth.

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At the other end, CJ Sapong and Cristian Maidana will need to be watched closely. Sapong has five goals and two assists in his last nine games, while Maidana assisted all three goals in the win over Portland on Saturday.

Eddie Howe will likely opt to start with the 4-4-2 system that worked so well last term and new signings Sylvain Distin, Christian Atsu, Tyrone Mings and Joshua King will all expect to feature.

What do you think the score will be in Tuesday night’s friendly?

MLS Preview and Prediction: Philadelphia Union vs Portland Timbers

Competition: Major League Soccer – Philadelphia Union vs. Portland Timbers

Venue: PPL Park – Saturday, July 11 19:00 ET (Sunday, July 12 00:00 BST)

Match Odds: Philadelphia Union 6/4 – Draw 23/10 – Portland Timbers 7/4

Match Preview

Philadelphia Union take on Portland Timbers in this tasty clash on Saturday night for the first and only time the two teams will meet this season.

Philadelphia Union sit eighth in the Eastern Conference and come into this one off the back of a 2-2 draw at home to Montreal Impact. Captain Maurice Edu bagged his first goal of the season but had to settle for just a point.

PPL Park isn’t quite the fortress it should be, as Union have only won four times at home. The Union have been inconsistent, causing upsets with victories over highflying teams in MLS but then going on to lose or draw to the teams around them and it fails to give them the momentum to put together a decent run.

They play back-to-back away games after this tie, with visits to Toronto FC and DC United, two very tough fixtures, so a win against the highflying Timbers would be three very valuable points.

Eric Ayuk Mbu also got on the scoresheet last time out and he will be feeling ready to fire for the Union and help his side seek out a win.

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Portland Timbers sit just one place off top spot in the Western Conference, after what was a slow start failing to win in their opening four matches.

Portland Timbers lead the form table ahead of Western Conference side Sporting Kansas City. Their only defeat in their last seven was the 5-0 demolition by LA Galaxy but their heads have not dropped since that crushing loss, conceeding one goal in their last two.

Jack Jewsbury is becoming a late goal specialist with his second 90th minute winner against San Jose Earthquakes, this follows his previous winner against Colorado Rapids.

Five defeats on the road for Timbers is what is halting them for taking complete dominance in the Supporters’ Shield standings, where they currently sit fifth.

Last season, the two teams played out a 1-1 draw.

Can Portland Timbers do what Supporters’ Shield leaders DC United did and win at PPL Park?

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Team News

Injuries decimate both teams as Philadelphia Union will miss Sebastien Le Toux (knee), Michael Lahoud (quad), Fernando Aristeguieta (fibula), Conor Casey (quad), Steven Vitoria (hamstring DNP). Andre Blake is playing at the Gold Cup with Jamaica.

Portland Timbers will be without Ben Zemanski (ACL), Diego Chara (ankle), Darlington Nagbe (shoulder), Norberto Paparatto (calf). Alvas Powell is away on Gold Cup duty with Jamaica.

Key Points

Philadelphia Union last five in MLS: W/L/L/W/D

Portland Timbers last five in MLS: W/W/L/W/W

Key Stat: Philadelphia Union have never beaten Portland Timbers in the five meetings between the two.

Key Player: Fanendo Adi – The Nigerian is Portland’s top scorer on eight. the Union will need to stop his attacking threats.

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Score Prediction:

Philadelphia Union 1-2 Portland Timbers – History suggests Portland Timbers will come out on top, they haven’t lost to the Union and with their rich vein of form you can’t bet against them. A close encounter but it looks like it could be a win for the away side.

EXCLUSIVE: Maurice Edu on rise of MLS, USMNT chances and playing defence

Philadelphia Union midfielder Maurice Edu has settled back in MLS after completing a permanent move from Premier League club Stoke City in January and he is one of many who are desperate to see Major League Soccer thrive.

The 29-year-old Union captain speaks glowingly of the development of MLS and is enjoying his time in Philadelphia.

After joining on loan for the 2014 campaign, Edu returned home to America on a permanent basis in January this year, eight years after being picked first overall in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC.

After earning the MLS Rookie of the Year award in his first season, Edu then moved to Scotland with Rangers in 2008 and also spent time with Stoke City and Turkish club Bursaspor before returning to MLS, something he is happy about.

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“I enjoyed my time thoroughly while I was in Europe and for me, when this opportunity presented itself, it was the best choice,” Edu exclusively told MLSGB this week.

“I always had plans to come back here at some point. It probably happened a bit sooner than maybe expected but it was still a welcome opportunity and one I’m glad I chose.

“This is a league that gave me a start in my career and it’s my home country as well so I’ve always wanted to come back here to help continually push this game forward and make it a big deal.”

He is one of many US Men’s National Team stars to make the move stateside in order to help the league develop in recent years, and Edu knows that the right steps are being taken to ensure the growth of US Soccer continues.

“I think the league is heading in the right direction,” he added. “It’s vastly improved compared to where it was when I first started off playing here and I’m enjoying being back.

“The national team has had success over the past couple of World Cups and that’s drawn more attention to the league from a domestic standpoint, but from a quality standpoint, we’ve been able to attract some quality players from abroad as well as getting some players coming in here at their prime ages.

“There are a lot more soccer-specific stadiums being developed across the country. Every club has an academy system, which is good as it’s developing our youth from a young age and getting them involved in a professional atmosphere, which is obviously going to bode well for soccer as a product of this country.”

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Edu is fully committed to the game and all aspects surrounding it. He speaks with confidence about the growth of MLS and is willing to do whatever he can to help those around him succeed.

He is vastly experienced despite being just 29, and is always looking to help the young players develop where he can as the leader of the side.

Asked whether he felt more responsibility being a Designated Player and being the team captain, he replied: “I do. Not necessarily just because I have that role but because of my experiences. I’ve been a part of the national team, I’ve played in Europe in competitions like the Champions League.

“I know a lot of young guys here aspire to do the same thing so I try to help them out in any way possible, and try to create a professional and competitive atmosphere here, and that only bodes well for them as individuals and also for this team going forward.”

Edu has made 46 appearances for the US Men’s National Team to date and despite only playing once in 2014 and missing out on the World Cup squad, he is hoping to get more opportunities now he is playing regularly.

Jurgen Klinsmann last called Edu up to a friendly against Mexico last April but with the Gold Cup just around the corner, he may look at recalling the Union captain.

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“I just focus on playing,” Edu said after being asked about a possible USMNT recall. “I think if you’re playing well you’ll get opportunities. Obviously if you’re team’s doing well, that’s a direct reflection of how you’re playing also.

“For me right now, I’m just focused on this team. We had a little bit of a rough start at the beginning of the season but we’ve had a couple wins now and we want to continue and push up the table. I think if we do that, and I continue to play well, then there will be opportunities to get back into the national team.”

Edu has been known as a midfielder for most of his career but Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin has been using him at centre-back – a role Edu admits he is still learning.

“I’ve been playing at the back at lot more this season so it’s something that I’m getting used to. For me personally, I just want the opportunity to be successful so if I’m asked to play in the back, in midfield, as a striker or even in goal, I just want the team to do well and to help get us into the playoffs.

“It’s a role that I’m getting more and more comfortable with. I’m still learning bits and pieces here and there and trying to improve but I feel good playing at the back. I think some of my qualities from playing in midfield have helped me and it’s a role that forces you to be more vocal and to continue to be a leader.”

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After missing last week’s 2-0 win at the New York Red Bulls through suspension, Edu is looking forward to getting back into the team for the trip to DC United on Saturday night. He knows how important a game that is, saying: “It’s a big one for us but I’m pretty confident.”

The Union’s chances of making the playoffs may be unclear, but there is no hiding the fact that Edu is fully committed to his team and the league. His return to his homeland has made Major League Soccer a better place and his presence will continue to help the development of MLS.

MLS Preview and Prediction: New York Red Bulls vs Philadelphia Union

Competition: Major League Soccer – New York Red Bulls vs. Philadelphia Union

Venue: Red Bull Arena – Sunday, May 24 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST) 

Match Odds: New York 7/10 – Draw 13/5 – Philadelphia 4/1

Match Preview

New York Red Bulls host Philadelphia Union in the live Sky Sports match this Sunday night. The Union will feel confident of producing a result, following an impressive 1-0 win over DC United last time out, but face a tough test away at New York this week.

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The Red Bulls have impressed so far this season, however, draws are hindering their potential. Jesse Marsch’s men have drawn five times, going behind in four of them with the other draw being a goalless affair away to FC Dallas last weekend.

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The Red Bulls go into this one as overwhelming favourites, having only lost two of their last 19 home games in MLS, and another win could see them leapfrog New England Revolution into second place in the Eastern Conference should the Revs drop points at home to DC United.

New York Red Bulls’ record this season: P10 – W4 – D5 – L1

Philadelphia will feel buoyed after beating Eastern Conference leaders DC United last Sunday and will face another tough task at the Red Bulls as they look for just their third win of the campaign.

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The 1-0 win over DC was the first time the Union has kept a clean sheet since the opening day of the season, and was their first win in six.

Philadelphia Union’s record this season: P12 – W2 – D3 – L7

Boasting the worst defence in the league, the Union will have to be at their best to keep out last year’s MLS Golden Boot winner Bradley Wright-Phillips if they are to pick up points come the end of play on Sunday evening.

Team News

New York Red Bulls will be without Sal Zizzo and Ronald Zubar, who both miss out through injury, while Matt Miazga is away on international duty with the USMNT Under 20s, so Damien Perrinelle and Karl Ouimette should start as the centre-back pairing once again.

Philadelphia Union are missing Andre Blake, Michael Lahoud and Steven Vitoria. Antoine Hoppenot and Raymon Gaddis are both doubts so may not feature. Maurice Edu could move into midfield following another stint in defence.

Key Points

New York Red Bulls’ last five: D/D/L/W/D

Philadelphia Union’s last five: L/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: Philadelphia Union have never won away from home when playing the New York Red Bulls.

Key Player: Bradley Wright-Phillips – Last year’s Golden Boot winner, BWP, is always a threat in front of goal and playing against the worst defence in the league could see him bag a few goals.

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Score Prediction

New York Red Bulls 2-0 Philadelphia Union – The Red Bulls look too strong at the moment and should blow the Union away with ease.

MLS 2015 Season Preview: Philadelphia Union

As the 2015 season draws closer, we’ll have a new MLS 2015 Season Preview up everyday. Today we take a look at what Philadelphia Union will be looking to do this season…

The Philadelphia Union endured a mixed campaign last time out as they failed to reach the MLS Playoffs but managed to get to the final of the US Open Cup where they fell 3-1 to the Seattle Sounders after extra-time. John Hackworth was removed of his duties at the midway point of the season after the Union won just three of their opening 15 fixtures. Jim Curtin was brought in and he will hope to guide the Union to the playoffs in his first full season in charge in what will be the club’s sixth season in MLS.

Last season’s finish: Eastern Conference position: 6th – P34 – W10 – D12 – L12

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What needs to change this year?

The Union need to try and close games out much more effectively in 2015. They conceded 17 goals in the final 15 minutes of games in the regular season and that is not good enough. The worst example of this came in their 3-2 loss to the Columbus Crew in October as they threw away a two-goal lead in five minutes in a defeat that confirmed their elimination from playoff contention. Whether the late lapses were because of fitness concerns or just lack of focus, Curtin needs to make sure he addresses them and improves that poor record this year. Philadelphia conceded 51 goals last year and will want to improve defensively too. The addition of Steven Vitoria on loan from Benfica could help solve that problem.

Key changes to the squad:

Ins: CJ Sapong – Forward, Dzenan Catic – Forward, Steven Vitoria – Defender, Fernando Aristeguieta – Forward

Outs: Amobi Okugo – Midfielder, Pedro Ribeiro – Forward, Zac MacMath – Goalkeeper, Carlos Valdes – Defender, Aaron Wheeler – Forward

Key Player: Maurice Edu – Midfielder

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After spending last season on loan with the Union, Maurice Edu made his permanent return to MLS this January. The midfielder started in all 31 of his appearances last season, scoring three times with two assists, and was a key man in the side. Edu led the team in tackles and made almost 3 per game. He played at centre-back at times last year but is expected to play in his more natural midfield role in 2015 alongside Vincent Nogueira.

One to watch: Fernando Aristeguieta – Forward

The Venezuelan striker has been brought in on loan from French side FC Nantes as a young Designated Player and will be expected to fire the Union to success in 2015. The 22-year-old has it all according to his new coach: “He can run, he’s big, he’s fast, he’s strong — he has all of those things. But he also has good technique too,” Curtin said. Watch out for Aristeguieta.

Predicted finish: Eastern Conference – 9th

Philadelphia Union have only made the playoffs once in their five-year history so far and that was in 2011. The wait could go on another year as it is unclear whether they have the strength in the current squad to make a splash in the Eastern Conference in 2015. It is a case of ‘what if’ as if Fernando Aristeguieta can score the goals, if Maurice Edu can control the midfield and if Steven Vitoria can shore up the defence then the Union could be a real force. But until they prove that there are too many teams that look stronger.

What are you expecting from the Philadelphia Union in 2015?

Philadelphia Union complete signing of Maurice Edu from Stoke – report

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.

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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.

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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.

How good a signing is Maurice Edu for the Philadelphia Union?

Philadelphia have it all to do against Kansas City

Sporting Kansas City host Philadelphia Union tonight, with both sides coming into the game in very different positions.

Kansas City are currently joint-leaders of the Eastern Conference, whereas the Union sit second from bottom in ninth place.

The Union are looking to end a club-record nine game winless streak, but it’s a difficult task against last year’s MLS Cup winners.

Philadelphia have only won one game this season, beating New England 1-0 back in March, and have now lost their last three on the bounce, and have scored just one in their last four.

The Union have scored a goal from open play for six matches, and are in real trouble as they take on an ever-dangerous Kansas City side.

Sporting have won their past two games, keeping a clean sheet in both, and have now shutout their opponents in four of their last five games.

A well organised Kansas City side are clear favourites for this game, and they are yet to lose at Sporting Park this season.

They beat 10-man Montreal Impact on Saturday, in a dominant display that saw English forward, Dom Dwyer score his second brace of the season against Montreal.

Dwyer has now scored six goals this season, and is looking a real threat. Don’t be surprised to see him on the scoresheet once again.

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(Photo: Dom Dwyer is looking increasingly dangerous for SKC)

The Union played with a 4-4-2 formation in Saturday’s 1-0 loss to DC United, but they failed to control the middle of the park and suffered as a result.

This could punish them again tonight, as Oriol Rosell has been brilliant for Sporting, and completed 160 of his 166 passes on Saturday, the highest percentage ever recorded in MLS since Opta began collecting statistics before the 2011 season.

Sporting manager, Peter Vermes was  full of praise for Rosell: “His biggest quality is that he finds himself always in the right positions to receive the ball in space, and always with options once he gets the ball. He knows before he gets it where he wants to play it, so from that perspective that’s one of the reasons why he’s been good in our team.”

The Union have it all to do, but they were in a similar position lasts season when they came to Sporting Park on a five-game winless run, and took all three points in a 1-0 victory.

A result that prompted a three-game unbeaten streak, and Philadelphia desperately need something to go their way again tonight.

Union midfielder Maurice Edu thinks that they just need a bit of luck to go their way: “I think we have to keep our heads up, maybe sometimes is just going back to the basics and grinding results.”

“We are a team that likes to play, but sometimes the best teams do not win the prettiest ways… sometimes it’s just a fluke goal or a set play and you just grind the rest of the game and maybe that is what we need right now,” he added.