USMNT midfielder Maurice Edu formally announced his retirement on Monday with a clever animated video paying homage to his family and career.
The video uses Kanye West’s “All the Lights” before ending with a clever nod to Notorious B.I.G. and an inspirational message.
Edu last played in 2017, appearing in three matches for the Philadelphia Union’s USL affiliate Bethlehem Steel.
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The 46-times capped Edu turns 33 next month and played with Toronto FC before moving overseas to Rangers in Scotland, where he scored a famous stoppage time goal in the Old Firm.
And infamously, Edu had a goal controversially ruled offside at the 2010 World Cup.
Injuries followed him the rest of his career, as Edu had trouble staying on the field in stints with Stoke City, Bursaspor, and Philadelphia. He won three league titles and three cups while in Glasgow.
Edu is now a broadcaster on UEFA Champions League coverage in the United States.
As the Old Firm rages this morning, Rangers and Celtic are in the news with some very American subjects.
Celtic’s links with Paris Saint-Germain and USMNT youngster Timothy Weah are quite real.
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Weah opted to stay at PSG for the first half of the season under new manager Thomas Tuchel, but has not been in the squad since scoring two goals in three appearances to open the season.
Such is the problem for forwards at the Parc des Princes.
Brendan Rodgers gave a lowdown on the 18-year-old’s recent visit to Scotland ahead of a possible loan for the rest of the season. From Sky Sports:
“He had a great day here. We have good relations with PSG, so he came over. He sent me a lovely message afterwards, thanking everyone and saying he enjoyed it, so we will see.
“PSG clearly want him to go on loan to get experience. He is a good kid, a great boy and a great profile in terms of his game.”
Weah would have a chance to toughen up in the contact-heavy Scottish Premiership, and could just find himself staring across the Old Firm Derby field at a couple of fellow Americans in Andrew Gutman and Matt Polster.
The Scottish Daily Record reported Saturday that Rangers have offered deals to the Chicago Fire products after a trial in Glasgow. The report says Gutman will accept if given a work permit, while Polster is trying to decide whether to make the jump overseas.
Celtic made it 10-straight Old Firm Derbies unbeaten with a 2-0 win over Rangers on Saturday at the Ibrox Stadium.
Tom Rogic scored after halftime and Leigh Griffiths added an insurance marker in the 65th minute as traveling Celtic moved five points clear of second-place Aberdeen and eight ahead of the fourth-place ‘Gers.
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The two sides will meet three more times, with only two scheduled so far: Dec. 30 at Celtic Park and March 10 back at the Ibrox.
The Bhoys are unbeaten in 46 league matches and handed Rangers twin 5-1 losses last season amongst a 3W-1D mark in the derby, en route to a Scottish Premiership season without a loss for Brendan Rodgers‘ men.
Joey Barton looks set to miss Rangers’ weekend match versus Ross County after reportedly being sent home from training on Thursday.
The 34-year-old midfielder is alleged to be involved in a training ground fight with teammate Andy Halliday.
The Press Association Sport said Barton was sent home and told to stay away from the team until Monday.
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Barton’s history of on- and off-field problems is well-documented, though they had cooled since his move to Burnley last year. He was the club’s Player of the Season as the Clarets earned promotion to the Premier League.
Rangers did not issue a comment on the incident, according to the BBC. The Scottish team was hammered by Celtic in the Old Firm Derby this weekend.
Give Round One to the Bhoys.
Brendan Rodgers‘ Celtic rudely welcomed Old Firm rivals Rangers back to Scotland’s top flight with a decisive 5-1 win at Celtic Park on Saturday.
It’s the 12th time Celtic have beaten Rangers by four or more goals, compared to seven in the other direction.
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Rodgers’ surprising capture of Moussa Dembele is paying dividends, as the ex-Fulham man recorded the first Old Firm hat trick in 43 years.
Stuart Armstrong and Scott Sinclair also scored for Celtic, who led 3-1 when Philippe Senderos was sent off for Rangers. Joe Garner scored the lone goal for the visitors.
Celtic remains perfect on the Premiership season, and has a four-point lead on Rangers, Hearts, and Dundee despite playing a match less than the trio.