In an interview with FoxSoccer.com, U.S. national team regulars Maurice Edu and Carlos Bocanegra talk about their respective experiences departing fallen Scottish giant Rangers FC of Glasgow, which was bankrupted and liquidated this summer following years of financial mismanagement. Now called The Rangers Football Club Ltd., the new iteration of the storied club would start the 2012/2013 season in the fourth tier of Scottish soccer, the Third Division.
In the interview, both players reveal their deep love for the club, but the fact that U.S. Men’s National Team Coach Juergen Klinsmann demands that his players play at the highest level, made staying impossible. “My national team career was a big, big issue in my moving,” Bocanegra, the USA captain, said. “If the national team wasn’t involved, I would have 100 percent stayed with no regrets.” Bocanegra has since gone out on loan to Racing Santander in the Spanish second division.
Edu, who played at Rangers for four years and won three Scottish League Championships, eventually moved to Stoke City in the English Premier League for a fee of close to $500,000. He showed tremendous loyalty in transferring his contract to the new Rangers company rather than becoming a free agent so that the club could charge a transfer fee for him. “If I could help the club out a little bit I would,” Edu, 26, said. “I thought it would be a nice gesture to get them some money when I left.”