[AMERICANS ABROAD] On a team without a lot of new options, Maurice Edu is one of the most intriguing Americans headed to Amsterdam for Wednesday's friendly against the Netherlands (TV: ESPN2 and Galavision, live, 2:30 p.m. ET).
Edu, who played all of one minute for the USA in 2009 because of injuries, joins the Yanks
after what he described as "the most exciting moment of my career," his 90th-minute goal that gave Rangers a 1-0 win over Celtic Sunday and moved it closer to wrapping up the 2010 Scottish Premier League title.
Edu, who had entered the game in the 26th minute, scored from close range after Celtic keeper Artur Boruc blocked a shot by Kris Boyd.
DaMarcus Beasley did not get off the bench for Rangers.
Rangers is now 10 points ahead of Celtic and has a game in hand.
Edu had earlier had a goal disallowed for a a hand ball by teammate Kenny Miller and then came close to beating Boruc before his winner.
“It’s the best feeling,” Edu told Scottish reporters afterwards. “For me, with everything that has gone on with injuries, to get back into the side, well, that was good itself. But to get the game-winner was unbelievable."
Edu replaced Lee McCulloch, who left the game early with an ankle injury.
“I tried to keep things simple at first and tried to ease my way into the game,” said Edu, ignoring the explosive impact of his immediate strike. “It is a while since I had a run of games. As the game went on, I became more comfortable.”
“I was waiting, waiting, waiting and I just tapped it in," Edu said of the goal, his third league goal in two seasons for Rangers. "It was not the trickiest goal, but I’ll take it.”
Edu has played only four games for Rangers this season after returning from a knee injury suffered on the last day of the 2009-10 season.
An ankle injury further set him back this winter.
Edu has played in midfield for the USA but also was a center back on the 2008 Olympic team.
Such versatility could come in handy for the Americans.
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