Archive for the ‘Oguchi Onyewu’ Category

Come On Milan: Its Not Like You Were Playing Him!

October 19, 2009

So now AC Milan wants to sue the US Soccer Federation for Oguchi Onyewu’s knee injury picked up in the USA’s 2-2 draw with Costa Rica. It now looks like he won’t be recovered and match fit for at least six months.

Well gee Milan, since you’ve barely used him since bringing him to the team, was there some secret plan to start actually letting him play that we didn’t know about?

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Onyewu To AC Milan!

July 7, 2009

After much speculation and interest from over a dozen clubs, US and Standard Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu has just signed a 3-year deal to join AC Milan. He will be the first American to play in Serie A since Alexis Lalas played for Padova from 1994-1996.

Gooch’s move to Milan makes much sense when one considers that the Rossaneri’s ageing back line was overdue for renewal, especially given the retirement of longtime great Paolo Maldini.

Real Madrid Joins The Chase For Onyewu

July 6, 2009

According to media reports from the Real Madrid camp, the Spanish giants are considering adding American defender Oguchi Onyewu to their pantheon of Galacticos (as an alternative to Álvaro Arbeloa).

Meanwhile, Belgian news sources seem to indicate he is close to a deal with Ajax while the Italian media are focused on Genoa and Fiorentina. Reports out of Istanbul indicate Fenerbahce is out of the running while the lack of new rumors out of England only indicate that there must be contact with a least a few new Premiership clubs.

So, will it be Ajax, Palermo, Fiorentina, Genoa, Parma, Espanyol, Valencia, Fulham, Marseille, PSG, Real Madrid, or some other team?

Stay tuned because this one is far from over.

Onyewu Suitors: Add Genoa To The List

July 2, 2009

Add another to the list.

Pack Pursuing Onyewu Continues To Grow

July 1, 2009

In addition to the teams we last mentioned in pursuit of US defender Oguchi Onyewu, a few more have joined the pack. Perennial Dutch power Ajax are said to be interested in Gooch, as well and the French media are now seeing renewed interest from PSG and Marseille. There are also reports out of Belgium that he “is not closing the door on a longer stay at Standard” yet either.

Stay tuned – this one will only get more interesting.

Fiorentina, Palermo Enter The Race For Onyewu

June 28, 2009

According to press reports from Italy and Belgium, two Italian Serie A clubs are interested in acquiring American central defender Oguchi Onyewu. Fiorentina and Palermo now join Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Fulham, Besiktas, and Fenerbahce for the 6’4″ player who is available on a free transfer from Standard Liege in July.

Personally, I’d love to see him go to Fiorentina, a club which always plays with a good attacking style and appears on the verge of regaining a potentcy not seen since the Batistuta era.

The Viola had been aiming to sign Barcelona’s Mexican defender Rafa Marquez but since he signed a new deal with the Spanish champions on Thursday, Onyewu has emerged as an option. Their other option is Napoli central defender Fabiano Santacroce – a player also targetted by the deep-pocketed Juventus. This entire scenario also indicates that Juve could end up taking a look at Onyewu if Napoli (a club normally reluctant to sell key talent) decides to keep Santacroce.

The Gooch connection with Palermo looks less likely to result in a a serious bid since the club just made an offer for Sao Paolo central defender Andre Dias and a deal appears to be in the making.

Onyewu has been drawing ever more attention for his dominant play in Belgium’s Jupiler League and strong performances at the Confederations Cup, in particular for his heroic defensive efforts alongside Jay DeMerit in the USA’s 2-0 win over European champions Spain.

If Gooch can turn in another such performance tomorrow in the final against Brazil, expect the list of interested clubs to grow and don’t be surprised to see a few Champion’s League trophy contenders on the list.

Onyewu Transfer Saga – Part 17

May 24, 2009

Every time the transfer window opens, the rumors and guessing games involving Gooch’s future reach new levels of the ridiculous. With longtime interest from France and England, it now seems odd that the one club making the most public pronouncements is Birmingham City (while Turkish side Fenerbahce is also in the mix).

Personally, I think Onyewu would probably prefer to play for a Champion’s League club (Marseille anyone?) but sources in Belgium have long indicated he’s had his heart set on the Premiership. The real question is, would he prefer to play for a newly-promoted Premiership side (Birmingham), or play twice a week for a top French club?

A few other clubs which could use his services are Fulham, AC Milan, Arsenal, Roma, and Real Madrid which are all looking to bump up or replace key losses in central defense.

Personally, I can see Gooch going to Marseille, provided coach Eric Gerets sticks around. They play an attractive style of football in a system for which he is well suited, plus they should be able to show well in the Champion’s League next year. Unless Arsenal or Real Madrid comes calling, I can’t think of a better way for Onyewu to shine at the next level.

Gladbach: Renewed Interest in Onyewu

April 15, 2009

Its been awhile since we’ve had some gratuitous transfer rumors about Standard Liege defender Oguchi Onyewu so let’s fix that right now.

Kicker is now reporting that Michael Bradley’s Borussia Moenchengladbach, which tried to acquire Gooch last winter, has renewed its interest in the 26 year-old Onyewu with a view toward picking him up on a free transfer this summer. Gladbach has already purchased Onyewu’s teammate Dante, who just scored his first Bundesliga goal for the Foals.

Of course to land Gooch, Gladbach will need to do two very important things; beat the offers of other clubs seeking his services (PSG, Fulham, Marseille, etc), and manage to avoid relegation.

According to Express.de (quoting the Belgian Sportportal), Onyewu is ready to sign provided Gladbach stays up in the Bundesliga. So, my spidey sense tells me that until you hear such a statement from Onyewu himself, it means this one is far from being a done deal. I have strong sense that Onyewu would prefer to play in the Premiership but will settle for a good situation in France (where L’OM’s Eric Gerets has him in his sights) or at Gladbach if England proves to be a bridge too far.

So, until you hear it from the Gooch himself, its all just speculation.

Transfer Window Closes

February 5, 2009

The January transfer window has closed without some of the moves American fans were hoping for as DaMarcus Beasley, Heath Pearce, Oguchi Onyewu, and Brian McBride (to name a few) will be staying put.

Since I’m in the middle of my own transfer, I’ll let my friends Bob Wagman at Soccer Times and Greg Seltzer at No Short Corners fill you in.

Russian Champs Eye Onyewu

January 30, 2009

Reports out of Liege indicate that Russian champions Rubin Kazan have their eye on Standard’s American defender Oguchi Onyewu.

My take? I highly doubt Gooch would say yes to an offer to play in the Russian league since he still seems to have his eye on England or France. With just over 24 hours left in the winter transfer window, there is still plenty of time for Standard to make a pretty penny instead of losing him this summer on a free transfer.

So, when Onyewu suits up for Standard’s match against cellar dweller FCV Dender tomorrow, it could be his last for the Belgian club where he has earned so much respect and praise and from fans and opponents alike.