USA midfielder Maurice Edu (7) dribbles the ball against Brazil during the first half of a men's international friendly match at FedEx Field. (Rafael Suanes, USA TODAY Sports)

Philadelphia Union Offer Too Much for Maurice Edu


The MLS World is shifting and morphing at a mind-blowing pace right now. Not only are the additions of Jermaine Defoe and Michael Bradley shaking the foundations of the league, but there is so many trades, signings, and rumors swirling through the air that it’s near impossible to keep it all straight. And just when you’ve thought you heard it all, up rises a story of the Philadelphia Union making a play for the rights to Maurice Edu.

On Tuesday it was announced that the Union completed a trade with the D.C. United. Philly sent 31-year-old defender Jeff Parke to the United, and in exchange got 22-year-old defender Ethan White and switched places in the allocation order, putting Philadelphia in first place. This means that Philadelphia now has the first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, like one such player as Maurice Edu.

Edu is a good player. He was the first overall selection for Toronto FC in 2007, where he earned honors as MLS Rookie of the Year. He’s spent time with the U.S. national team, Scottish club Glasgow Rangers, and the EPL’s Stoke City over the past five years, creating quite a resume, but also spending some time on the bench with injury. This last season, Edu found himself with Turkish club Bursapour, playing in only 12 games.

Simple right? A good U.S. national player comes back to MLS, the Union should’ve made this deal yesterday. Almost. According to Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC, the MLS big heads doesn’t like Philadelphia’s offer of $1.2 million for Edu:

Let me put $1.2 million in context for you. Portland’s Will Johnson, RSL’s Kyle Beckerman and SKC’s Graham Zusi are three of the best midfielders in the league, and they only make $144,000, $300,000, and ~$174,000, respectively (which is kinda underpaid in my personal opinion). I’ll do a little extra math for you: the contracts of Johnson, Beckerman, and Zusi combined and doubled would cost $1,236,000. No one – other than Edu himself — thinks that Edu is worth $1.2 million.

If Edu gets to actually accept that money then things will get even crazier. I cannot even begin to tell you how many players would demand a pay raise. The economy of America’s top league would implode. It’s a mess that the league isn’t allowing to happen. I don’t know who it was that said $1.2 million was too much, but they need recognition. They may have saved several years of rebuilding.


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  • Josh Westerman

    You’re overlooking the fact that, in addition to Edu, both Phila and Stoke also think Edu is worth $1.2MM.

  • 4now

    If MB is worth 6mil and CD is worth 8mil than Edu IS worth 1.2 – this is the problem with MLS paying through the nose for 1 or 2 players.

    You can’t set a precedent (the wrong precedent, IMO) and then backtrack like this…

    The fact is that Johnson, Beckerman and Zusi should be getting paid more and MB and CD and the like of Tim Cahill should be getting paid massively less.

    • Aaron Rench

      First off, I’m not disagreeing with you. I do think that either Dempsey and Bradley are getting paid too much, or Johnson, Beckerman, and Zusi are getting paid too little.

      Dempsey and Bradley are names, as well as really good players. They’ll be used to promote the league while they’re here. Those two players may very well boost the cash flow for MLS, and through this, other player salaries will begin to go up. Edu may be good, but will not improved the monetary value quite like Dempsey and Bradley.

      • 4now

        Aaron, with all due respect, you literally make apocalyptic claims about Edu’s salary negotiations in your final paragraph (which needs to be proofread, btw).

        Edu is a proven talent with European and national team experience aiming for a million dollar salary. Are you aware that the NYRB paid Digao $200,000 last year. He never played a single game. He has no name recognition other than being someone’s brother, and he is/was terrible.

        You praise MLS for throwing a red flag… but what you fail to acknowledge is that many many many more red flags should have been thrown beforehand.

        You drawing this hyped-up arbitrary line with Edu is lazythink.