After months of recovery and rehab, Maurice Edu is one step closer to the playing field as Bethlehem Steel FC included the Philadelphia Union midfielder in the club’s 27-man Game Day Player Pool for the Sunday, August 20, contest against Louisville City FC. From the submitted list, Steel FC will select its matchday18 that will take to the pitch at Goodman Stadium on the campus of Lehigh University. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Edu, 31, is returning from a left tibia stress fracture that has kept him off the field during the 2016 and 2017 MLS seasons. Edu made three appearances with Bethlehem Steel FC in 2016, playing 181 minutes last September. After his stint with Steel FC, Edu was part of the Union’s matchday 18 twice before suffering an injury in training last October. During Edu’s time with the Union, he has appeared in 53 league games and scored four goals. He has also notched a pair of goals in U.S. Open Cup play, including a goal against the Seattle Sounders in the 2014 Final.
Edu brings an incredible amount of international experience, having played in Scotland, England and Turkey along with the United States Men’s National Team. Edu began his professional soccer career as the top pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft and scored four goals in his rookie season. In 2008, Edu decided to pursue opportunities overseas and spent time with Rangers F.C. in Scotland along with Stoke City and Bursaspor in Turkey before returning stateside. Overall, Edu has started 90 games in MLS, scoring nine goals and adding five assists in over 8,000 minutes of play. Edu has also appeared in 46 games for the USMNT. He was a member of the 2008 Summer Olympic Team and the 2010 World Cup team that advanced to the knockout round. There, he famously had a goal disallowed during a match in group play against Slovenia.
The official USL affiliate of the Philadelphia Union, Bethlehem Steel FC is in the midst of its second season in the league and sits in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. Launched on Oct. 27, 2015, Steel FC owns the conference’s third-longest unbeaten streak this season, having gone a club-record eight matches without a loss from May 26 through July 22.
Tickets for Steel's match against Louisville City FC are available here.