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Update: Maurice Edu Escapes Serious Injury

UEdu, felled by Rankin

Update: Rangers says Maurice Edu has a bruise only and he’ll be kept out of the this week’s game as a precaution.


No magic spray for Edu. Tests to be done Thursday as to the extent of damage.

Maurice Edu was stretchered in the first half of the Glasgow Rangers’ 3-0 loss to Hibernian–yes the Rangers lost to Hibernian…at home!–in the Scottish Premier League. Edu was cut down by a John Rankin tackle and remained down for until he was helped off.

Rangers coach Walter Smith on the club web site: “Maurice took a knock on the knee, and at this stage we’re not quite sure how bad it is. It’s obviously quite painful for him, and we’ll have to wait until the morning to find out how serious it is. …… Until we get a look at him tomorrow, we won’t know for sure if there is any major damage or not.”

Maurice Edu’s Game Winner

The loan goal in the match on a nice run and simple finish. Well done for the California boy.


Marcus Hahnehann outstanding today for Wolverhampton. Does everything but get the win at Bendtner heads home in stoppage time for a 1-0 Arsenal win. Hahnemann on fire lately.

Jozy Altidore entered in the 60th minute of Hull’s 2-0 loss to Stoke City.

Jay DeMerit not in the 18 today for Watford. Apparently he passed a fit test, but has not been playing the best. Our Watford message board friends are not happy.

Kenny Cooper 10 minutes in Plymouth Argyle’s win.

Eric Lichaj two straight 90+ games at Leyton Orient on loan from Villa. Orient lost 3-1 today.

Don’t Tread On Me….Personified

Update 01/15: Add Jozy Altidore and his quake-stricken homeland of Haiti to the adversity…..

TSG contributor Kurt emailed us in December pondering that we do a piece on the personal struggles for the USMNT.

Will we see CD9 sooner than we think?

Kurt’s thesis? That the American team has faced quite a deal of personal adversity that is then exemplified by their never-say-die attitude.

As we ruminated back and forth on email, the piece resonated with us more, specifically a theme of “resilency.” In fact we had no idea the amount of adversity that many of the players faced in getting to where they are in their careers.

These achievements may pale in comparison to say, playing for the Iraqi National Team or making the trip from North Korea to South Africa, but on an individual-by-individual basis, they are no less impressive.

While all of face adversity in our life, the players on the USMNT may didn’t lead the charmed life to national team caps that might seem apparent.

Let’s take a look at what the team members individually overcame to get where they are today.

The You Can’ts

• The first player no doubt here is USMNT stalwart and top 10 international goalie Tim Howard. Tim Howard has only overcome his bout with Tourette’s syndrome, he’s exploded the stereotype. Think about it, a soccer goalie with Tourette’s–probably the fodder for cruel jokes (as did happen for Howard upon his introduction into the EPL.)

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Maurice Edu is the new Jermaine Jones

Mo: Dancing onto a pitch near you soon....we hope..

We have no idea what the title means either.

Reports out of Scotland seem to suggest that Maurice Edu will be back in the line-up in the next few weeks, however it’s his ankle, not his knee that is now holding him back. I think that’s a good thing.

No word as of yet from the USMNT’s leader in Twitter followers.

C’mon Mo, you need to make TSG’s forthcoming 23 for the Redemption Tour column…I feel like it’s Christmas time and I’m about to unwrap a shiny new defensive midfielder.

Other morning bullets:

According to this report, Sochaux are lining up Charlie Davies in-season replacement.

Onetime USMNT striker extraordinaire turned Mr. Hot Air Balloon Eric Wynalda sniffing around the Chicago Fire managing job….so says a Fire blog.

Could The USMNT Injury Tide Be Turning?

A mere two weeks ago following news of a severe knee injury to striker Kenny Cooper, TSG started to wonder if Bob Bradley had opened an umbrella inside while walking under a ladder holding a black cat.

Cooper seemed to be another in a long line of Fall ’09 injuries for U.S. Soccer that included Jay Demerit (eye), Chad Marshall (knee), Charlie Davies (multiple), Clint Dempsey (shoulder), Tim Howard (foot), and Oguchi Onyewu (knee).

With rumors of a shredded ACL circulating the media, word came that Cooper only suffered a sprain and would be out for only three weeks. This led Matthew to update TSG’s Kenny Cooper injury piece with the following:

Our luck is turning! Coops out only 3 weeks. Can you feel it turning?

Well, Matthew must feel luck turning a bit faster than the average guy as USMNT fans have been treated to some great news on the injury front the past two days.

Jay Demerit is looking to return to the pitch soon.

First, Jeremy Schaap reported that Charlie Davies is “recovering quickly” and expects to play this summer. Regardless of where you pin the odds of CD9 suiting up in South Africa or how effective he could be, this is great news.

Then today, BBC Sport is reporting Jay Demerit, “looks on course to make a quicker than expected return following eye surgery.” The USMNT and Watford defender has been sidelined since late September after a scratching his cornea.

That’s three pieces of good news in the last two weeks on the injury front for the USMNT.

Who’s next?

(Mo Edu…I’m looking at you!)


UPDATE: Commenter Brad alerted TSG to the fact that Maurice Edu resumed training with Rangers. Mo’s tweet from Friday:

Now, who’s next? Jermaine Jones? (yes, please.)

Questions Up The Center For The USMNT

After Charlie Davies injury another possibility no one wants to consider is that the USMNT could be without defensive stalwart Oguchi Onyewu when the World Cup kicks-off next June. In fact, the US is facing question marks all the way up the middle with the exception of Timmy Howard between the sticks.

Might this be Gooch's "uniform" come June?

Might this be Gooch's "uniform" come June?

ESPN had a story today entitled “Onyewu plans a speedy recovery from knee injury” in which Gooch stated,

I know my body and I know how hard I work to recover and how my body heals. I think I can be back in four months, realistically.

Well, USMNT doesn’t need Gooch back, the team needs him better. With the official recovery time-line at 6 months, that seems out almost out of the question. So the best case scenario is Gooch at the WC in summer of 2008 form which is good, but not great. And let’s not forget that the recent knee injuries in the USMNT player pool (Jones and Edu), though different, haven’t resulted in textbook recoveries.

Moving up the pitch, Jay DeMerit continues to be out with an eye injury. His recovery time is slated for a much shorter duration, but we are talking about an eye here. It’d be very surprising if he didn’t make it to South Africa, but he is most likely in the midst of about a six month layoff right now.

In the central mid-field the US could be perceived as down its two most able holding mid-fielders in Twitter-fiend Maurice Edu and International Man of Mystery Jermaine Jones. And third on depth chart, Rico Clark (with a minor knock of his own), has been nothing more than serviceable as a starter in the WC qualifiers.

Can Jozy earn the #1 Striker moniker he's been given before he flies to SA?

Junior seems cemented in whatever position he is supposed to be playing at the other midfield spot, but has struggled to develop any consistency with a mid-field mate and disappears for large stretches to the point that the defense just starts bypassing him.

Perhaps the biggest (and most obvious) hole sits at striker with CD9 being out, however, TSG discussed that already. But what about Altidore?

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Road To Recovery: USMNT Injury Updates

Never a fun thing to write about injuries, especially to five of your team’s (potential) starting eleven. However, there is a little good news in here as well.

Charlie Davies…His family issued a statement yesterday regarding his condition and thanking everyone for their support. We’ll be updating his status as new info emerges in our sidebar to the right.

Oguchi Onyewu…As mentioned in our US-CR recap piece, Gooch is looking at three to four months on the shelf after shredding his patellar tendon. Great to see that one of his club team’s first thoughts was to suggest that they would ask USSF to pick up his salary since the injury happened during national team duty. (Please note sarcasm.)

Jay DeMerit…Gooch’s starting mate in central defense will have his cornea replaced via surgery on Monday in London and is expected to be out of action for up to two months. Contrary to early reports, DeMerit said that he did not injure his eye removing a contact.

Maurice Edu…some (tempered) good news. Mo is “very close to fit,” but is not rushing things to ensure that he is ready for “probably the biggest [year] of [his] career.”

Clint Dempsey…the USMNT blog on writes that Dempsey “should be available” for Fulham’s match on Monday versus Hull City and (hopefully) Jozy Altidore. Fulham will be celebrating its 130th anniversary a part of the festivities and the game will be shown on ESPN2 starting at 11:55am Pacific. (The game will also feature the return of former Fulham man Jimmy Bullard following a knee injury and nine month layoff.)

An injury post deserves an upbeat picture...Boca and Howard on Wednesday night.

An injury post needs an upbeat picture...Boca and Howard on Wednesday.


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