Maurice Edu & Kenny Miller Shine in MLS Season Openers

Maurice Edu

Former Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu made his debut for the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night against the Portland Timbers.  In driving rain, Edu was one of the key contributors for Philadelphia in their eventual 1-1 draw.

In the 64th minute, Edu’s header off of a corner kick was driven goal-bound & finally glanced on in front of goal by Jack McInerney – who claimed the ultimate poachers goal.  It was just reward for Edu, who helped control the midfield play for Philadelphia all match long.

Dan Itel of the official MLS web site named Edu the Man of the Match.  Itel wrote, “He had a tough battle in the midfield with Portland’s Will Johnson and Diego Chara, but more than held his own on his return to MLS.”

Philadelphia lost it’s grasp on victory when Portland’s Gaston Fernandez scored with only ten seconds of stoppage time left.  It was a typical display of excitement from the Timbers whose fans are among the best in MLS.

Portland supporters celebrate the tying goal

Edu looked very comfortable & confident in his return to MLS as he still holds out hope of making a last minute surge back on Jurgen Klinsmann’s radar for the World Cup squad.  It appears that he may have finally found a new home in which he can thrive.

Kenny Miller

Meanwhile, Kenny Miller was among the stars for the Vancouver Whitecaps as he scored two goals in the 4-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls, who were without the services of Thierry Henry.

Miller initial goal was a 34th minute penalty & then his second came in the 77th minute off of a brilliant pass from Sebastian Fernandez who sprung Miller free.  Miller sealed the goal by lobbing the goal keeper with a one-touch chip shot.

Via The Vancouver Sun – Miller said, “The pass on my second goal was sublime.   I’m really, really excited about playing with these guys as we move along.”

Jon Szekeres of Eighty Six Forever provided this assessment of Miller’s game.

“Kenny Miller proved that he still has some gas left in the tank, with his two goals on the night.  He’s made it known that he wants to stay in Vancouver past June, so it was very nice to see the veteran Scotsman playing with a fire lit under his ass.  When he got his chances, he buried them.”

Cue the obligatory rumors of Kenny Miller making the dramatic move back to Ibrox in 3….2…1.


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