RICH FIDLER - Monday, August 18, 2008
US National Team midfielder Maurice Edu will join Rangers and fellow American DaMarcus Beasley pending approval of a work permit.
Edu, who just finished a three-game series filling in at center back with the US Olympic team in Beijing, didn't have much time to rest as the deal was struck immediately following the games of the XXIX Olympiad.
"WMG agent Leo Cullen traveled with Mo to Scotland this weekend where a long-term, lucrative five-year deal was finalized with Rangers," agent Richard Motzkin told YA on Sunday evening.
Edu didn't stay in Scotland very long, as head coach Bob Bradley named him to the 18-man roster for the United States' upcoming World Cup qualification match against Guatemala on Wednesday.
"Mo is now traveling back to the US to meet up with the National Team in Guatemala," Motzkin continued.
The former 2007 Major League Soccer Superdraft first overall selection by Toronto FC made 38 appearances for the club over the last two seasons.
In those games, primarily playing as a defensive midfielder, the 6'-0" 22-year old scored five goals and was named 2007 MLS Rookie of the Year.
Edu only has six national team caps to his credit so he doesn't immediately qualify for a work permit. Rangers, who haven't won the league since 2005, have a work permit appeal scheduled for this Friday where his fate will be determined.
"[He] is excited to join the storied club once a work permit is granted."