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Maurice Edu finally completes MLS move, at a reduced price

Jan 24, 2014, 9:08 PM EDT

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After a long and slightly touchy period of uncertainty, is reporting Maurice Edu has finally come to terms with MLS on a move to the Philadelphia Union.

According to a corresponding ESPN report, all that is left is paperwork before the transfer to the Philadelphia Union can be announced.

While it is probably too late for Edu to get back into the United States World Cup picture, the 27-year-old is looking to rebound from a disastrous 18-month stint at Stoke City where he featured just one single time for the Premier League side.

Philadelphia has finally gotten their man, a little over a week after it came out that they wanted to give him a lot more money than MLS was ok with.

The ESPN report confirmed that MLS won its fight against the Union, and that Edu will make “six-figures” as opposed to the $1.2 million or more number that was being thrown around pre-dispute.  At this time there is no concrete number.

However, with the deal done, it means yet another American has returned home to Major League Soccer, most notably following the lead of Michael Bradley.

For Philadelphia, they do get a very capable midfielder. It cost them a bit in the draft, having to trade down a number of times to pick up some allocation money, but surely the 27-year-old will move into a regular starting role. It also may mean the end of Brian Carroll’s days in Philly.

There will be certainly more discussion on this move here on ProSoccerTalk, as well as fallout from the battle the Union had to fight with MLS just to pay Edu an attractive salary.

  1. hildezero - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    Mo should’ve been back a long time ago.

  2. mvktr2 - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    We Want Mo!!!

  3. thfc54 - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    I apologize for my ignorance, but someone explain to me why MLS has to approve a guys salary with a team.

    • talgrath - Jan 26, 2014 at 12:37 AM

      MLS pays his paycheck, essentially. In a franchise structure like MLS or the NFL, the actual paychecks come from MLS themselves instead of from the team. Here’s the basics of hos it works: MLS lays out the rules as far as salary cap and designated players and then the teams go out and negotiate with players. Once a contract is agreed to, the league reviews it and approves it (usually), from then on MLS pays the players their salary. Bonuses are not paid by MLS, but rather are paid by the team. Any unused salary money is paid out to the team (if any), more likely than not (though we aren’t sure) any team over the salary cap due to DPs instead pay MLS money so they can pay the players over the course of the season. Remember, technically each team isn’t a seperate entity, but a franchise of MLS; just like your local fast food place every owner paid a fee to buy a franchise that entitles them to certain things but also requires them to follow certain rules.

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