Rule, Britannia? Why Stoke City is the new Fulham

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For so long, Fulham FC has kept a special place in U.S. soccer supporters’ hearts.  It’s been the home to an American player for so very long.

Going all the way back to Marcus Hahnemann in 1999, Craven Cottage in toney West London has been home to an American player. (Well, there was one little blip of a year, the 2003-04 season when they lost that Yankee flavor. But let’s not dwell on the club’s “mistakes.”)

Eddie Lewis, Carlos Bocanegra, Brian McBride, Kasey Keller, Eddie Johnson and, of course, Clint Dempsey have stacked their muddies in the boot room at the cozy Cottage. Some a little longer than others.

Who knows what will happen with Dempsey before next week’s transfer deadline; it could still swing a number of ways at the moment.

But we do know this for 100 percent sure: Stoke City has two of our boys. They do today following the confirmation of Maurice Edu’s move into the Britannia.

Edu, the U.S. midfielder, a refugee of the financial disaster that unfolded at Rangers, joins Geoff Cameron with the Potters. He looks like a good fit, too. Stoke is a physical, defensively oriented grinder of a team.  That sounds a bit like Edu.

Edu, 26, has signed a three-year deal.

Arsenal visits Stoke City on Sunday in the Premiership’s featured match.