It’s been quite the off-season in the MLS. We’ve seen Jermaine Defoe take an incredible move to Toronto, whilst Maurice Edu has caused more than a little bit of controversy with his transfer to Philadelphia Union.
The league has seen some key editions in the Eastern Conference with the likes of Toronto FC adding Defoe and U.S. superstar Michael Bradley, with the Union feel they have to spend, to keep up.
Maurice Edu has decided to return to the MLS from Stoke City but the reported salary agreed has caused shockwaves throughout the States. The Zolos have offered $1.2 million for the services of the 27-year-old midfielder with the league even putting their foot down on a fee they deem to be ‘too much’.
To put that into perspective, three of the league’s best midfielders, Will Johnson, Kyle Beckerman, and Graham Zusi earn $144,000, $300,000, and $174,000 respectively, which is not even half the proposed salary of Edu combined.
The truth is, Edu isn’t a bad player. He has played for Bursaspor and won the Scottish Premier League three times with Rangers, but has failed to even get a look in at Stoke City, making just one 10 minute cameo since he joined in 2012.
Therefore it seems even more of an extraordinary offer. Edu is seriously lacking game time and it’s still uncertain whether he will even have a chance at joining the US squad in this year’s World cup.
Last season the millionaires list was made up of Clint Dempsey, Thierry Henry, and Robbie Keane amongst others, and the fears of a player who is hardly a ‘big’ name in the game joining the list, could send the league’s economy to implode.
However, whatever does happen before the beginning of the season in March, the league is going to be remarkably improved, with some top clubs travelling from across the globe. The addition of Edu to the Union will improve the chances of him playing on the US squad in this year’s World Cup.