A box-to-box midfielder, Edu is as comfortable making hard tackles as he is starting and finishing attacks. His steady return to form following a knee injury included his first goal for the full team, helping earn him a spot on the roster for South Africa where he started in the historic victory against Algeria. Edu has been a consistent choice for Jurgen Klinsmann, starting five of the first seven matches in which the new coach was in charge. In 2008, he captained the U.S. Olympic Team during a successful qualifying run and appeared in all three games during the Olympics in Beijing. The California native joined Toronto FC as the No. 1 draft pick in MLS in 2007 and justified his selection by earning the award for Rookie of the Year, moving to Scottish giants Rangers a year later.
- Appeared in 12 matches in 2011 – a career best – while starting eight
- Made three appearances in four matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, including a start in the 1-0 victory against Algeria
- Scored his first career goal with the full team when he started the scoring for the U.S. against Czech Republic on May 26, 2010, in Hartford
- His perfectly weighted through ball to Steve Cherundolo set up the game winner against South Africa on Nov. 17, 2007, in Johannesburg, earning
- Edu his first point with the National Team in only his second appearance Served as captain of the U-23 MNT during 2008 Olympic qualifying and featured in all three games in Beijing at centerback
- Since moving to Rangers in Scotland, he has scored in an Old Firm against rivals Celtic and in the UEFA Champions League against Valencia