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Edu's late goal lifts Rangers over Celtic

educelebrates.jpg It is one of world soccer's grandest rivalries, and on Sunday, an American took center stage.

Maurice Edu, a California native who starred at the University of Maryland, scored on a scramble during injury time to lift Glasgow Rangers to a 1-0 home victory over bitter rival Celtic. He had entered the match midway through the first half when Lee McCullough left with an injury. Rangers are now 10 points clear of Celtic in the Scottish Premier League race.

With his World Cup roster slot all but secured now that he has returned to fitness and form, Edu will join the U.S. national team for Wednesday's friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. Might we see Edu paired in central midfield with Michael Bradley?

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By Steve Goff  |  February 28, 2010; 11:08 AM ET
Categories:  Scotland  
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Posted by: mattygp | February 28, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Thanks, Mattygp
Just added it to the post
Cheers!

Posted by: Steve Goff | February 28, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Alas, Donovan was inches from making it a double dose of Yanks glory today.

Posted by: ChristopherMc | February 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I really hate to say this, but would anybody be surprised if Edu's ride got fire bombed next?

Posted by: DadRyan | February 28, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Edu will probably start, but I would rather see Torres. Bob Bradley likes two strong defensive mids in there. I would play a 4-5-1 with Torres in the center too.

Posted by: grubbsbl | February 28, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that Edu is playing well, as he is the more dynamic midfield choice than Clark, and seems to have more composure in the tackle. However, I hope Torres sees significant time. It strikes me as unfair, how some players (Johnson, Klejstan, Beasley) are given every opportunity, and if they do well once they are rewarded greatly, while players like Torres can't get rewarded no matter what.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 28, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Alas, Donovan was inches from making it a double dose of Yanks glory today.

Posted by: ChristopherMc

I think you mean Donovan horribly missed a sitter from about 1 yard in front of the net which would have given Everton a tie, not a win.

In further USMNT hard-luck news, Bradley Guzan was denied the start in the Carling Cup final by Martin O'Neill. Instead, Brad Friedel got the nod. Villa lost 2-1 to ManU.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | February 28, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Mo Edu lookin mean with the mini fro. Then again, that dude is so beastly he'd look mean no matter what.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 28, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Also, that link mattygp posted has the full highlights, including one Edu goal from outside the box that was called back for a handball and two other close calls, one where he may have earned a penalty and another volley he sent just over the bar.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | February 28, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"I think you mean Donovan horribly missed a sitter from about 1 yard in front of the net which would have given Everton a tie, not a win."

Yes, that's right -- and he was inches from glory!

Posted by: ChristopherMc | February 28, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

It strikes me as unfair, how some players (Johnson, Klejstan, Beasley) are given every opportunity, and if they do well once they are rewarded greatly, while players like Torres can't get rewarded no matter what.

Torres is the only one of those four players who even made the 18 in the last five games of qualifying. In fact he made the 18 in all five of those games, and saw the field twice. I don't think Johnson even made the roster at all in the last round of qualifying.

Posted by: BooThisMan | February 28, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Edu seems to have had himself quite a game. He scored a cracker of a goal on a blast from outside the 18 in the 26th minute, which was waved off because of a handball on another Rangers player a second earlier. He was also pulled down in the box early in the second half -- seems like a penalty could have and maybe should have been called. He also had a near miss in the 8 minute.

I'm sure well see Edu paired up with Bradley. I'm wondering, having watched Boruc make a hash of things being repeatedly unable or even afraid to try grabbing the ball before Edu finally slammed it home...any chance Dom Cervi might get a chance in the Celtic nets? Kidding. He's not even #2 on the chart.

Full highlights:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xcejbh_rangers-v-celtic_sport

Posted by: fischy | February 28, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

@BooThisMan

And yet Bradley has shown a penchant for starting all of them before he would Torres. Even Klejstan's useless and red care-earning display in the Confed Cup wasn't enough to drop him below Torres when we needed an offensive sub in the FINAL against the same team! Beasley has to be in a wheelchair for anyone to consider finding a replacement (which he is, more often than not). His favorites will never be underdogs, and it is hurting us.

Even Bob knows Torres deserves to be called up. But actually using him when the time comes? D-

But, all credit to Edu on a fine performance, if anyone was to take that spot over Jose, I'd want it to be him.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | February 28, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know when fantasy MLS starts?

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | February 28, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know when fantasy MLS starts?

Posted by: AnthonyTheGreat | February 28, 2010 1:58 PM
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Hopefully, before Memorial Day.

I probably shouldn't have posted the link, huh? My apologies to the soccer world if the clip is taken down soon.

Posted by: fischy | February 28, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I really hate to say this, but would anybody be surprised if Edu's ride got fire bombed next?

Posted by: DadRyan

Why, is Edu shagging a Celtic supporter's girl?

Posted by: Reignking | February 28, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I would have scored that goal.

Hope Solo

Posted by: OWNTF | February 28, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I would love to see a 4-5-1 with /Bradley and Edu has holding mids with Torres in the middle and Donovan and Holden on the flanks with Jozy up top.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | February 28, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Wambach with two at Algarve over Norway.

One assist on through ball by Lindsey, former Freedom star.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 28, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I really hate to say this, but would anybody be surprised if Edu's ride got fire bombed next? Posted by: DadRyan

Apparently an ex-girl"friend" with ties to the sordid types in Glasgow did that to his car.

I'm hoping the Catholics vs the JV Catholics, Celtics v Rangers fans know better by now . . but a few single malts and a few McEwan Ales later, and all bets are off.

Posted by: delantero | February 28, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Wambach with two at Algarve over Norway.

Posted by: OWNTF | February 28, 2010 2:41 PM
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I guess we need the obligatory Scandinavian reference in each new thread. Fortunately, tomorrow's match against Sweden provides an opportunity for more of the same.

Posted by: universityandpark | February 28, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Uh, I musta missed the Gene Wells presser regarding Beasley's car and ex. My bad.

Posted by: DadRyan | February 28, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

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