Philadelphia Union: Maurice Edu Signing Improves Squad

By Phil Naegely
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During the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, there was an elephant in the room. The Philadelphia Union were tempted to sign USMNT star and current Stoke City defensive midfielder Maurice Edu. However, there were rumors that parties were far apart financially. On Friday, it seems like both parties have agreed to a deal.

This comes at no surprise as ESPN’s Taylor Twellman tweeted yesterday that Union CEO and operating partner Nick Sakiewicz was on his way to negotiate with Edu. Friday, reported that the deal was done and Edu is headed to Philly.

Ives Galarep is to MLS news like the Adam Shefftner is to NFL news. 99 percent of the time both of these gentleman’s sources are spot on. This move continues to improve the Union squad. Their 2014 MLS SuperDraft picks filled needed holes and provided depth, and Edu’s acquisition brings in a quality defensive midfielder. Additionally, the Union acquired an unspecified amount of allocation money by trading down twice during the draft. This was a clear move in order to sign Edu.

It would seem like, with Edu’s arrival, Brian Carroll‘s days in a Philadelphia uniform are counting down fast. It was rumored he was on the trading block this offseason, so do not be shocked if Philly trades him in the coming weeks.

When it comes to financial terms, those have not been announced. Earlier this month, the number was in the $1.5 million range, and the league balked at that, so it will be interesting to see just in fact what the Union will be paying Edu. However, MLS isn’t the most transparent league, so it could take awhile before that occurs.

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