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VIDEO: MLS Insider – Maurice Edu’s burning desire fueled by family

May 30, 2014, 2:32 PM EST

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In the latest edition of MLS Insider, we catch up with U.S. national team player Maurice Edu.

After spending several seasons abroad playing in Scotland, England and Turkey, Edu is now back playing in Major League Soccer with the Philadelphia Union. He was called into Jurgen Klinsmann’s provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup this summer but didn’t make it past the final round of cuts.

Here we see a behind-the-scenes look at Edu’s family life and track his upbringing by his Nigerian parents in California. Edu’s dad played soccer in Nigeria and both his parents played a huge role in his success on the pitch and in the classroom.

Sit back and listen to the story of how Edu went from a college star as a first round draft pick, to an MLS stud who then played overseas and for the USA.

  1. braxtonrob - May 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    He would be on my 23.

  2. udosean - May 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    As a Nigerian-American who grew up playing the sport in this country under similar circumstances, this video hit really close to home. Great job!

  3. judgereed - May 30, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    Really hope he stays with the Union after this season, he has been one of the few bright spots this year!! I was pulling for him to make the 23 to!

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