Philadelphia Union release former USMNT veterans Edu and Onyewu

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The MLS side announced the two players are among several to have their contracts declined for 2018

Maurice Edu’s time with the Philadelphia Union looks set to come to an end.

The former U.S. national team defender-midfielder was among nine players who did not have their contract options with the team picked up for the 2018 season, the club announced Wednesday.

That lists includes Edu’s former international teammates Oguchi Onyewu and Charlie Davies, along with Giliano Wijnaldum, brother of Liverpool midfielder Georginio.

Also on that list are Aaron Jones, Ken Tribbett, Roland Alberg, Fabian Herbers and Ilsinho as the Union appear set for a roster shake-up following a disappointing 2017 that saw them miss the MLS playoffs.

The team also announced Fabinho and Chris Pontius had not come to terms on new contracts, with the latter set for free agency.

The 31-year old Edu joined the Union as a designated player in 2014 as part of the small wave of U.S. national team veterans returning from Europe to the domestic league. While Edu would play 31 and 22 games in his first two seasons, respectively, he made no MLS appearances the past two seasons due to a torn groin muscle, a stress fracture in his left leg and a broken left fibula.

Onyewu, 35, returned to the field for the first time since the 2014-15 season this year for the Union. He played in 22 MLS games, scoring one goal.

Oguchi Onyewu MLS Philadelphia Union 05132017

The 31-year old Davies was acquired from the New England Revolution in 2016 after battling back from a cancer diagnosis, but was limited to just three substitute appearances for the Union this season.

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Wijnaldum was among the Union's many signings prior to the start of the 2017 campaign as the team sought to improve on its brief 2016 MLS playoff appearance, but the left back only featured in 13 MLS games.

Pontius, who won MLS Comeback Player of the Year in 2016, was limited to two goals this season after scoring 12 times in his first year with the Union.

One player on the list has already landed elsewhere, as Alberg has agreed to terms with CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria on a two-year deal.

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