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Altidore scores two goals again, AZ wins first 3-1 over Almelo.

Dempsey is in limbo with Fulham, eyeing move to Liverpool.

Altidore records pair of goals, Alkmaar ties Ajax 2-2.

Granted a work permit, Cameron finalizes to EPL's Stoke City.

Boyd scores two, assists one for Rapid Wien to help opening victory.

Guzan signs 3-year deal with Aston Villa, will compete for starter's job.

Cameron to move from Houston to Stoke City of EPL, pending work permit.

Bradley moves up in Italian Serie A to AS Roma.

Boyd moves from Dortmund to Rapid Vienna on three-year-deal.

Training injury sends Dempsey to sideline for end of record season.

Nearing 41, Friedel excels, continues to fuel Tottenham Champions League hopes.

From trying start, Jones becomes major contributor to Schalke's run into Champions League.

Tottenham nears Champions League entry behind solid play from Friedel.

Friedel, Spurs must quickly reverse trend for chance at Champions League.

Weeks ahead of schedule, Onyewu returns from injury and helps Sporting Lisbon win.

Altidore's two goals allow AZ Alkmaar to tie Twente 2-2.

Dempsey scores three goals in Fulham victories; interest from EPL powers grows.

Bradley scores first goal with Chievo in 3-2 victory over Catania.

Lichaj returns to score one, assist another, but Aston Villa loses to Chelsea.

Bocanegra is sent off, but Rangers delay Celtic championship celebration 3-2.

Jones scores winner, adds assist to send Schalke past Twente to Europa quarterfinals.

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Americans Abroad

Unexpectedly, Edu winds up at Stoke City, where he joins Cameron in EPL.

By Robert Wagman (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Sunday,August 26, 2012) -- In something of a surprise, United States midfielder Maurice Edu is moving to the English Premier League where he will join fellow American defender Geoff Cameron at Stoke City.

Edu, who looked to be headed from the defunct Glasgow Rangers to Ipswich Town of the English second-tier League Championship, received a surprise last-minute offer from the Potters.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis said the Edu agreed to a three-year contract. "Maurice is not only a good player and a good athlete, but also versatile," Pulis said of Edu, who can also play defense. "It's important we have players who can slot into more than one position this season because the squad will be smaller if we move a few on."

Edu now must pass a physical and wait for a new work permit. In the United Kingdom, work permits are issued to the team and not the player, so when an international player moves from one team to another, the new club must apply for a permit. Given he had a permit to play with Rangers and has played in the requisite number of matches with the U.S., the permit should be automatic.

Stoke thought it was acquiring Tom Huddlestone from Tottenham Hotspur by loan, but the deal fell through when the player failed his physical because of a chronic ankle problem. Pulis had a hole to fill. Apparently, the club became interested in Edu after watching a tape of the recent U.S. 1-0 over Mexico. The tape was obtained to see Cameron, but Pulis said he instead found himself watching Edu, who played alongside Cameron in Mexico City.

Pulis said he called U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann to ask about Edu. "I rang Jürgen Klinsmann and he was full of praise for Maurice," Pulis told the Stoke web site. "He said that apart from midfield, Maurice can play anywhere across the back. I watched the tape of (the American) win in Mexico last week and he played well alongside Geoff in defense. I asked Geoff about him and he only had good things to say."

Because of the complicated situation with the in Rangers in receivership, Stoke and Rangers have agreed to a provisional transfer fee for both for Edu and Jamie Ness, who previously moved to Britannia Stadium. Should world governing body FIFA rule that the two are not free agents but remain property of the new Rangers FC, the fees will have to be paid. A preliminary ruling by FIFA is that players from the former Rangers can play elsewhere this coming season with no transfer fee, but has postponed a final decision until later this year.

Cameron, meanwhile, finally received his UK work visa after his international clearance was received. He was immediately pushed into Stoke's starting side in a 0-0 home draw with Arsenal, replacing the suspended Dean Whitehead.

He had only trained briefly with his new team, but handled himself well, taking throw-ins and making good connecting passes, at times.


Robert Wagman is SoccerTimes senior correspondent.

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