Maurice Edu is a recently retired professional soccer player with an international career spanning over 10 years. After being the first overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft by Toronto FC, he went on to win Rookie of the Year honors and earn his first cap with the U.S. National Team that same year. He would go on to enjoy a career in Europe that saw him earn a move to play for Rangers in Scotland in 2008 after a strong showing at the Olympics. After winning three league titles and three cups there, he eventually joined Stoke City in England and Bursapor in Turkey before returning back to MLS to captain the Philadelphia Union.
On the international stage, Edu earned 46 caps with the national team, representing them at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He captained the Olympic team through qualifying and was a co-captain at the games in Beijing. He scored a game winning goal against Slovenia at the World Cup only to have it ruled out by a very controversial call by the referee. Edu narrowly missed out on the 2014 World Cup roster before enduring a tough spell with injuries which eventually forced him to retire.
Currently, he is a TV/media soccer analyst and host, investor, brand ambassador, advisor and public speaker.