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Posted at 1:50 PM ET, 01/30/2011

American soccer players abroad: Maurice Edu's exceptional goal for Rangers

By Steve Goff

Maurice Edu (University of Maryland) scores with a left-footed blast from 30 yards for Rangers in a 2-1 Scottish League Cup victory over Motherwell:

GOALKEEPERS
Tim Howard 90 in Everton's 1-1 FA Cup draw with Chelsea
Brad Friedel 90 in Aston Villa's 3-1 FA Cup win over Blackburn
Brad Guzan 90 in Hull's 0-0 draw with QPR
Marcus Hahnemann 90 in Wolves' 1-0 FA Cup loss to Stoke
Dom Cervi not in 18 for Celtic's 4-1 League Cup win over Aberdeen
Luis Robles 90 in Karlsruhe's 1-0 win over Energie Cottbus
Diego Restrepo in 18, didn't play in America de Cali's 2-1 win over Millonarios (Cafam Cup final). Former Virginia starter begins pro career as No. 2 keeper.

For defenders, midfielders and forwards.....

DEFENDERS
Oguchi Onyewu not in 18 (minor rib/back injury) for Twente's 2-1 win over Feyenoord

Carlos Bocanegra 90 in Saint-Etienne's 2-1 win over Toulouse
Steve Cherundolo 90 in Hanover's 2-0 loss at Leverkusen
Jonathan Bornstein in 18, didn't play in Tigres' 1-0 loss to Toluca
Eric Lichaj not in the 18 for Aston Villa
Frank Simek 90 in Carlisle's 2-2 draw with Oldham
Edgar Castillo 18 minutes in Puebla's 2-0 loss at Atlante
Clarence Goodson and Brondby on break
Michael Parkhurst and Nordsjaelland on break

MIDFIELDERS
Clint Dempsey 90 in Fulham's 4-0 FA Cup win over Spurs
Michael Bradley not in 18 for Moenchengladbach's 1-0 win at Eintracht
(Loan to Aston Villa is imminent)

Stuart Holden 16 in Bolton's 0-0 FA Cup draw with Wigan
Maurice Edu 90 (goal) in Rangers' 2-1 League Cup win over Motherwell
Jonathan Spector not in 18 for West Ham's 3-2 FA Cup win over Forest
Jermaine Jones in 18, didn't play for Blackburn
Jose Torres in 18, didn't play in Pachuca's 4-0 loss to Cruz Azul
Ricardo Clark not in 18 (broken cheekbone) for Eintracht Frankfurt
Sacha Kljestan in 18, didn't play in Anderlecht's 0-0 draw at Mechelen
DaMarcus Beasley not in the 18 for Hanover
Anton Peterlin in 18, didn't play in Plymouth's 2-1 loss to Bournemouth
Daniel Antunez in 18, didn't play in Tecos' 1-0 win over Chivas
Sonny Guadarrama 29 for Atlante
Marco Vidal started for Leon in a 3-3 draw at Tijuana
Benny Feilhaber and Aarhus on break
Alejandro Bedoya and Orebro on break
Mikkel Diskerud and Stabaek on break

FORWARDS
Jozy Altidore not in 18 for Villarreal's 1-0 win at Espanyol
Eddie Johnson not in the 18 for Fulham
Edson Buddle 29 in Ingolstadt's 1-1 draw at Oberhausen
Herculez Gomez last 45 for Pachuca
Robbie Findley not in 18 for Nottingham Forest
Charlie Davies not in 18 for Sochaux's 5-1 win over Rennes
Timothy Chandler 29 in Nuremberg's 2-1 win over Hamburg
Bobby Wood 8 in 1860 Munich's 1-1 draw with Duisburg
Conor Doyle and Derby did not play
Mike Grella and Leeds did not play
Sammy Ochoa not in 18 for Tecos
Joe Corona started for Tijuana

By Steve Goff  | January 30, 2011; 1:50 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad  | Tags:  American soccer players abroad, Maurice Edu, Michael Bradley  
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Comments

That Morris Edu is pretty good.

Posted by: DCU_Rick | January 30, 2011 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Mo is not at all unadept at putting the ball in the back of the net.

Posted by: BooThisMan | January 30, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

BB has tried him at CB with disasterous results but it seems obvious he is that striker we have been looking for all this time. MO to front line ASAP baby!!

Posted by: euroman | January 30, 2011 2:12 PM | Report abuse

BB has tried him at CB with disasterous results but it seems obvious he is that striker we have been looking for all this time. MO to the front line ASAP baby!!

Posted by: euroman | January 30, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of nice goals, check out the goal that won the Asian Cup for Japan over Australia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSv2HxbS9oM

Lack of defensive marking aside, it's still a fine finish.

Posted by: Pedalada | January 30, 2011 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Not sure which was better, Edu's strike or the playing of "One Step Beyond" after!

What in the wide wide world of sports was that Aussie defender doing leaving his man to drift near-post on that cross?

Posted by: edgeonyou | January 30, 2011 3:28 PM | Report abuse

interesting turnabout -- Spector not even in the 18 for a Cup match. Either he's being held out in advance of a transfer or Grant is saving him for EPL play.

Posted by: fischy | January 30, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

There were 10 players (from both teams) between Edu and the goal and five directly in front of him. He found the net irrrrrrrregardless.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 30, 2011 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sick goal by Rossi....

Posted by: DadRyan | January 30, 2011 3:51 PM | Report abuse

@fischy Seltzer reports that Spector sat out with a strained hamstring:

http://www.noshortcorners.com/2011/01/chiiiiiillaaaaaax.html

Posted by: BooThisMan | January 30, 2011 4:07 PM | Report abuse

So, Goff is reporting Adu to Turkey Div 2 Rizespor. I hope he is just going to enjoy the beach...

Lucky guess...it is on the beach. Shocker.

Posted by: Reignking | January 30, 2011 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey DadRyan! This thread is about AMERICANS!!!!!!!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 30, 2011 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Check out that display of riding the bench from our forwards. Would be nice for those guys to get some time in any league...

Posted by: dcalize | January 30, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The fans behind the goal went nuts after Edu's finish.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | January 30, 2011 10:22 PM | Report abuse

Dempsey drew the foul in the box for the first PK goal in the Fulham game, and hit the post.

Posted by: joshperrius | January 31, 2011 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Dempsey drew the foul in the box for the first PK goal in the Fulham game, and hit the post.

Posted by: joshperrius | January 31, 2011 2:21 PM | Report abuse

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