Poor Maurice Edu. The defensive midfielder made the 30-man roster, and now he’s just fighting for a spot on a team choked with high quality holding midfielders. Do a wide canvas on his chances of making the 23, and you’d probably find about a 50/50 split in opinion.
He’s currently in California training with the rest of the available 30, and some kind soul asked Edu about the prospect of man marking Cristiano Ronaldo. You know. Tactics 101. Put your fourth-best defensive midfielder on one of the fastest, most technically able players in the history of the game, and force him to shadow the guy for 90 minutes. You know. Tactics.
Edu answers coyly instead of rearing back and breathing fire on the reporter. Edu one-on-one with Ronaldo is… before that mental picture has a chance to come together, let’s simply move on, shall we?