STANFORD -- American soccer fans remember the World Cup moment vividly.

In 2010, Maurice Edu scored in the 85th minute against Slovenia as the Americans stormed back from being down 2-0 in one of the greatest rebounds in the country's soccer history.

But wait.

Referee Koman Coulibaly of Mali disallowed the potential game-winning goal in the 2-2 draw.

In some ways, the play serves as a metaphor for Edu's roller-coaster career.

"You can only control so much," Edu said Friday on the third day of U.S. training camp at Stanford. "At end of the day, some things are going to go your way or not."

Edu, 28, is on the rebound while returning to Major League Soccer this season. He hopes to also return to the World Cup as one of America's defensive midfielders.

Edu has worn through a lot of tire treads along the way. He was the first overall pick in the 2007 MLS draft out of Maryland. After two years with Toronto FC, the Southern Californian became a fixture with the Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League. He left Glasgow in 2012 for Stoke City after the well-chronicled financial troubles of the Scottish club.

But Edu played only 10 minutes in the English Premier League, then went on loan to a Turkish team where he made just 13 appearances.

Now he's on loan to the Union, where he has appeared 11 times in 12 games. He missed a game Wednesday night while coming to the Bay Area. But the Union had no plans to play Edu after the midfielder suffered a minor concussion last week.

"I feel good now," he said of the concussion symptoms.

Mostly, Edu feels a sense of relief being back in the United States and thriving again.

He was confident that if he just got the chance to play regularly, he would catch U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann's attention.

"Had I come into this camp playing a game here, or game there, it would have been a disadvantage," Edu said. "I'm coming into this camp feeling sharp. That confidence does go a long way."

Edu is one of 14 MLS players trying to make the 23-man roster. Five of them, including the Earthquakes' Clarence Goodson, returned from Europe in the past year without seeming to losing a step.

Edu said MLS has reached a level that the Americans don't experience a drop-off by playing at home.

"The level of play is high enough where our best will be brought out of us," he said.

Edu hopes to underscore the point in Brazil next month. He also wouldn't mind another shot at scoring after the debacle in South Africa.

"Now the focus is to try to do it again and have it count," Edu said.

  • Danville native Chris Wondolowski's performance in last summer's Gold Cup helped launch his World Cup campaign. The Earthquakes' striker tied Landon Donovan as the United States' leading scorer on what amounted to a "B" team.

    "As a striker, it snowballs and you just become more comfortable out there," Wondolowski said Friday.

    The De La Salle High alum isn't worried about anything other than training hard at Stanford.

    "I don't get caught up in numbers," he said when asked if he would make the roster.

    In typical "Wondo" style, the forward sounded confident the United States will do better than most predict in the so-called Group of Death against Ghana, Germany and Portugal.

    "You put us out there for 90 minutes against an opponent, and we will battle," he said.

  • Soccer star or soccer fan? San Jose's Brandi Chastain always has been both. It wasn't a surprise to see the former U.S. national team star at Cagan Stadium on Friday to watch the American men practice.