CHESTER, Pa. — Maurice Edu isn't one to turn down a good challenge.
As the Philadelphia Union midfielder practiced penalty kicks against teammate Andre Blake at PPL Park on Friday, the naturally right-footed Edu decided to see what that left boot was capable of.
The first attempt skimmed the top of the crossbar. Blake laughed. Edu groaned. But the second curled inside the goalkeeper's left-hand post. The third found net as well.
It was that inherent pursuit of a true test — and confidence in overcoming the odds — that led Edu to stick with Stoke City last summer. After managing just one appearance with Stoke during his first campaign (spending half the season on loan in Turkey), Edu felt good about his chances under new manager Mark Hughes.