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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Consider the plight of Maurice Edu as the first significant repercussion from Toronto FC’s lavish outlay on Michael Bradley and Jermain Defoe.
Edu has expressed interest in ending his time at Stoke City and returning to MLS in a bid to boost his hopes of playing in the World Cup. His yearly wages at Stoke fall in the region of $1.5 million, a fair number given his status as a Premier League squad player and a significant chunk of change in the MLS sphere.
In these sorts of situations, MLS often coaxes players into a discount in line with their value within the salary budget system. Michael Parkhurst – a similarly situated player in the national team pool and on the fringes of the squad at Bundesliga side FC Augsburg – agreed to terms on a deal that will pay him in excess of $300,000 this season and landed in Columbus on Monday. Parkhurst’s deal is healthy by MLS standards, but it still represents a pay cut from his European wages.
Edu, however, wants to remain in the same bracket if he returns home. His asking price – in the region of $1.2 million – makes him a Designated Player. Under most circumstances, league executives would not countenance such a deal. They would either mandate a lower price point more in line with their perception of the market or table the interest until such a point was reached.