Just two weeks ago, Maurice Edu and Geoff Cameron made American soccer history as the centerback tandem repelled a high octane Mexican attack to earn the U.S.’s first ever victory South of the Border.
Today, they will both share a home in the Premiership.
Following in the footsteps of Cameron, Edu heads to England to finalize a three year deal with Stoke City.
The U.S. midfielder/defender has featured for the historic and now troubled Rangers FC for the past four years. Once financial hardship and a forced demotion to the third division sunk the hopes of his club, Edu set out to find himself a new home.
Stoke was there to provide one. There, he will not only be reunited with Cameron, but will also see a familiar face in former Rangers FC teammate Jamie Ness.
Stoke City boss Tony Pulis said he consulted with Jurgen Klinsmann as well as Cameron before making the move.
“I rang Jurgen Klinsmann and he was full of praise for Maurice,” Pulis said. “He said that apart from midfield, Maurice can play anywhere across the back. I watched the tape of their win in Mexico last week and he played well alongside Geoff in defense. I asked Geoff about him and he only had good things to say.”
For those hoping to see a reunion of the tandem at centerback, don’t hold your breathe. Ryan Shawcross, Stoke City’s captain for the past three seasons, has been a fixture on their backline for years. Cameron would likely be used as a midfielder as well. Nevertheless, Edu’s versatility will allow him to compete in multiple areas of the backline and defensive midfield as well.