Weight: 170 lbs.
Hometown: Fontana, Calif.
Club: Toronto FC (MLS)
A box-to-box defensive midfielder who is as comfortable making hard tackles as he his starting attacks, the California native entered the league in 2007 as the number one draft pick of the expansion side Toronto FC. His impact was immediate, and after an impressive season, he was named MLS Rookie of the Year and called up to the U.S. National Team for games against Switzerland and South Africa.
- In his first season as a professional, he made 25 appearances, all of them starts, and scored four goals for Toronto FC.
- Earned his first cap for the U.S. during a game against Switzerland where he started in the center of midfield and played the full 90 minutes.
- His perfectly weighted through ball to Steve Cherundolo set up the game winner against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2007 in Johannesburg, earning Edu his first point with the national team in only his second appearance.
U.S. National Team - 2008: Appeared in the U.S.' 2-0 victory over Sweden at the Home Depot Center in January, marking his third consecutive start for the national team ... Also came on as a sub in the U.S.' 2-2 draw with Mexico in February at Reliant Stadium in Houston ... 2007: Called into his first camp for the national team in October during the U.S. team's trip to Switzerland ...The trip was his first with the national team at any level ... Started and played 90 minutes in his two appearances in 2007, versus Switzerland in October and South Africa in November ... Under-23s: Called into Peter Nowak's first U-23 camp in December 2007 ... Traveled to China later that month to compete in two friendlies ... First Appearance: October 17, 2007, vs. Switzerland ... First Goal: None.
Professional - 2007: Drafted first overall by Toronto FC in the MLS SuperDraft ... Despite a pre-season injury, Edu recovered to play 25 times for Toronto in the club's inaugural season ... Scored four times and tallied one assist for the team ...His goals were good for second best on the expansion team ... His first professional goal came on May 12, 2007 against the Chicago Fire during Toronto FC's first ever win.
College - In three seasons at University of Maryland, he made 55 appearances for the Terrapins ... Helped his team to the national championship in 2005 and made the postseason in all three seasons he was on the team ... Scored 10 times and added 11 assists during his career.
Parents are Maurice and Molly ... Has four siblings: brother, Reggie, and sisters, Ugo, Imeh and Molly ... Enjoys listening to music and playing sports video games ... Inducted into the City of Fontana Hall of Fame ... Lists Michael Jordan as a role model growing up ... Aspires to return to school to finish up his degree in business.
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