Edu, 28, joined the Union before the 2014 campaign on a season-long loan after failing to break into the Stoke first-team, with the hope that regular first-team football would boost his chances of making the USA’s World Cup squad.
While he would miss out on the trip to Brazil in the end, the 46-times capped international still proved a considerable hit in Philadelphia, making 31 regular-season appearances at both centre-back and in central midfield, while captaining the side for much of the second half of the campaign.
With little future left for him at the Britannia Stadium, Union head coach Jim Curtin revealed his desire to bring the former Rangers star back to PPL Park for 2015 last month, telling MLSsoccer.com: “He’s the kind of guy that, when you talk to owners, can shut down the $5 to $7 million player.
“David Villa’s coming in, Kaka’s coming in, and Maurice Edu can shut those guys down physically. And, soccer-wise, he can play with those guys. And he doesn’t cost $7 million.”
Edu joined Stoke in August 2012 from liquidated Rangers, but has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League since, despite proving a huge hit during his four-season spell in Scotland.
Spending the second-half of the 2012-13 campaign on loan at Turkish club Buraspor, the California-native has the tools to succeed in the English top-flight, but never seemed to get a chance to prove his worth.