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Edu scores filling Ferguson’s boots
April 8, 2009, 10:02 PM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Maurice Edu

Maurice Edu bolstered his case for filling the void left by deposed skipper Barry Ferguson by claiming his first goal for Rangers in a 2-1 win at St Mirren.

Kris Boyd set the ball rolling with the opener, before Edu opened his goalscoring account for the club just 24 hours after stating his intention to make the most of Ferguson’s absence.

The United States international has so far spent the majority of his debut season at Ibrox kicking his heels on the sidelines but did his chances no harm with what proved to be the decisive goal in this clash.

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Golden chance for Edu?
April 4, 2009, 9:46 AM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Maurice Edu

Rangers have today confirmed that midfielder Barry Ferguson and goalkeeper Alan McGregor have been suspended for two weeks without pay, following their conduct on the bench at the Scotland-Iceland world cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Wednesday night.

Both players, dropped to the bench from the starting line-up after a allegedly lengthy drinking session at the team hotel following the Scots’ 3-0 defeat to Holland in Amsterdam. They were also reported to have made V-signs at the press, hiding them amongst other gestures in the manner so beloved of naughty schoolchildren, whilst watching the Iceland game from the dug-out.

This could give former Toronto FC midfielder, Maurice Edu, a golden opportunity to step in and win a starting role with the ‘Gers.

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Welsh aims for a goal at Yeovil Town
March 3, 2009, 9:15 AM
Filed under: Andy Welsh, Former TFC Players

Yeovil Town winger Andy Welsh has been racking up the assists in the last few months – now he wants to grab a goal too.

The former Sunderland wide man took time to find match-fitness and form after missing pre-season when he was without a club.

But now Welsh is a regular in the Glovers’ side on the left flank and his set pieces have become a key component of Yeovil’s attacking play.

But he is yet to score in any of his 27 appearances in the green and white.

“As goalscorers you are judged on how many goals you score and as wide men you are judged on how many you create,” he said.

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Edu impresses against Hamilton
March 1, 2009, 9:38 AM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Maurice Edu, Toronto FC

Walter Smith has backed Maurice Edu to be a major talent for Rangers after he impressed in a rare outing against Hamilton.

The United States international’s appearances have been limited in his first season at Ibrox after arriving from Major League Soccer with high expectations and a price tag of £2.7million.

But he was given his chance at New Douglas Park when Pedro Mendes was sidelined with a thigh strain picked up in training and Edu made the most of the opportunity by striking up an impressive midfield partnership with skipper Barry Ferguson.

Ferguson netted the only goal of the game to allow Rangers to move three points clear of Celtic in the SPL ahead of their game against St Mirren later in the day and Smith had nothing but praise for both players.

“Barry’s first goal of the season was a good one for us to get,” he said.

“Maurice Edu came in and I thought Barry and Maurice played extremely well in the midfield.

“Hamilton crowd that area of the field and make it difficult for teams in there but I thought both were excellent.”

Smiths says Edu has to be patient but assured him his time will come, adding: “I did say to him, as has happened with a number of the lads who come to play for the Old Firm, it takes a period of time to settle in.

“Him especially, because he was playing college football in America up until a year and a half ago and then one season in the MLS.

“He is still young in terms of his experience at professional level and it will take him a bit of time to come in. But I think he has the talent to be an exceptional midfield player.”

While Rangers headed into the clash top of the league on goal difference, Hamilton were the other form team in the SPL, with just one defeat in 2009.

Smith said: “It was always going to be a difficult challenge for us and I was delighted with the way the team went about the game.

“Hamilton have made it a very difficult place to come and get a result and that’s credit to them.

“I was a little disappointed that we weren’t tidier in our final pass, especially in the final half hour of the game where we might have given ourselves a level of comfort.

“We allowed chances to go past and it’s always a bit nervy towards the end of the game. But I thought we were excellent overall in terms of our defending.”

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Ronnie O’Brien to Portland?
February 27, 2009, 4:32 PM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Portland Timbers, Ronnie O'Brien

From (though Ronnie is a right sided mid)…

During a talk with Portland radio last night, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson mentioned that they would be announcing some player signings soon. One of which is certainly Steve Cronin formerly of the LA Galaxy and another is a left sided midfielder who played with the San Jose Earthquakes last season.

While we are still awaiting confirmation we’ve been told that it could very well be Ronnie O’Brien, as his Wikipedia page has him listed as a Portland Timber. Ronnie played with San Jose last season before being released. Watch this space for more to come in the days ahead.

Edu turned down loan move
February 22, 2009, 11:08 AM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Maurice Edu, Toronto FC

Two appearances in half a season is enough to discourage any player looking to further his career both at the club and country levels. But not for Maurice Edu, who on Friday night revealed that he had turned down the idea of being loaned out from Rangers FC during the winter transfer window.

The former Toronto FC midfielder told the Daily Record that people within the Rangers organization had approached him about a possible solution to his lack of minutes; a loan move away from Ibrox Stadium.

Edu turned down that notion stating that he wants to earn his time on the field.

“A couple of people suggested me going on loan but I want to make my mark at Rangers,” said Edu.

“I’m just trying to make strides and hopefully my time will come.”

Edu’s positive outlook and his recovery from an ankle injury may just be what he needs in order to find playing time with Rangers. And playing time is what he needs not only to develop as a player but especially if he wants to compete for a spot on the U.S. national team.

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Melo & Reda show up in Vancouver
February 16, 2009, 12:07 AM
Filed under: Former TFC Players, Toronto FC

Vancouver’s Marcus Haber signed on with the Whitecaps today and there’ll be a story on him in tomorrow’s Big Paper. But he wasn’t the only Canadian content of note at Caps camp.

A pair of homegrown players with ties to Toronto FC were on hand at the Burnaby Sports Complex: defender Marco Reda and forward Joey Melo.

Reda (pictured) is the more well known of the pair, having played for TFC in 2007 and then spent last season in the USL-1 with Charleston. Actually, he was their captain, and they had his option year, so the fact he showed up this late into camp is a bit odd. Reda was too classy to comment on Wednesday but needless to say he found out late he wasn’t headed back there.

The Battery were 11-12-7 last season, good for fifth place. Reda, a native of Woodbridge, Ont., played 1730 minutes in 21 games, picking up one assist.

He was injured in Toronto and appeared only eight times in 2007, playing prior to that in top-flight leagues in Norway and Denmark.

The 31-year-old has been capped seven times for Canada, under Frank Yallop, but hasn’t been part of Dale Mitchell’s plans. His last appearance for Canada was against Martinique in Jan. 2008.

Mello is a Toronto native who signed a developmental contract there in 2007. Things went OK in his first season but he could sense a decline in interest last year and was released in December. He’s represented Canada at the U17, U18 and U20 levels though he hasn’t been part of the current U20 group.

Both will get a chance to play Friday as the Caps take on the Trinity Western Spartans in Burnaby (3 p.m.). Head coach Teitur Thordarson could take a decision on them as soon as this weekend.

Returnees Takashi Hirano, Lyle Martin and Charles Gbeke will be back in town by then but don’t expect them to play. Wesley Charles arrived this week too and was at training today.

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