Video: Maurice Edu Scores for Rangers (and Valencia) in Champions League
U.S. national team midfielder Maurice Edu, who scored a go-ahead goal against Slovenia in the World Cup that was controversially, mysteriously and absurdly nullified by the referee, struck for Rangers in the first half of a UEFA Champions League match against Spanish power Valencia on Wednesday.
Unfortunately for the former Maryland Terrapin, he then returned the favor for his opponent. The Group C game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Edu's first goal came in the 34th minute at Glasgow's Ibrox Stadium and was set up by a corner kick from Slovak international Vladimir Weiss. According to the U.S. Soccer Federation, it was the first Champions League goal by an American international since DaMarcus Beasley scored (also for Rangers) three years ago.
Rangers took the 1-0 lead into the intermission, but Valencia equalized as Edu headed the ball into his own net early in the second half.
The Scottish champions finished the 2009-10 Champions League winless, but are in decent position this season despite being in a very difficult quartet that also includes Manchester United and Turkish champ Bursaspor. At 1-0-2, Rangers is in second place in the group.
Edu's first goal of the game was also his first for Rangers this season. He struck in the U.S. national team's 4-2 exhibition loss to the Czech Republic prior to the World Cup, and scored his most recent goal for his club in a Scottish league game last April.
Here's video of both goals: