(born April 18, 1986 in Fontana
) is an American soccer
player who currently plays for Rangers
in the Scottish Premier League
and the United States national team
Edu grew up in San Bernardino, California
parents. His father, Maurice Sr., was a mathematics teacher, and his mother is a chemistry teacher. Edu has three sisters and a brother. at The Star
, 14 October 2007.
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 NCAA College Cup
national championship. He forfeited his final year of NCAA eligibility to enter the 2007 MLS Superdraft
as a Generation Adidas
player. He was named a first-team All-American
Edu cut short his time at university to join Major League Soccer
(MLS) and was drafted by Toronto FC
as the first overall pick of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft. He made his MLS debut on April 25, 2007, against Kansas City Wizards
, and he scored his first professional goal in the seventy-fifth minute of a game against Chicago Fire
on May 12. During that first season he made twenty-five appearances in MLS and scored four goals. He ended his debut season by winning the MLS Rookie of the Year
award and earning his first senior national team cap.
On August 16, 2008, Edu flew to Glasgow
to hold talks with Scottish Premier......