Wednesday January 14th, 2015

The Philadelphia Union has signed United States men's national team veteran Maurice Edu to a multi-year contract, the club announced on Wednesday.

The deal will keep Edu with the Union on a permanent basis after he spent the 2014 season with the team on loan from English Premier League club Stoke City.

The 28-year-old midfielder and defender was named an All-Star last season. He finished the year with three goals and two assists.

"I couldn't be happier to permanently return to Philadelphia and to play in front of our great fans," said Edu. "I believe in this team’s future and am excited to be an integral part of that."

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Edu represented the United States in the 2008 World Cup and 2010 Olympics.

Before joining the Union last season, he played for Turkish club Bursaspor in 2013. He has also played for Stoke City, Scottish Premier League team Rangers FC and Major League Soccer's Toronto FC.

The Union finished in sixth place in the Eastern Conference last season with a 10-12-12 record, missing the playoffs.

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