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Friday, June 09, 2006

Know Your Yanks: Oguchi Onyewu

Having apparently outgrown his former occupation (taking Arnold Drummond's lunch money), the Gooch now spends his time intimidating opposing strikers. The newest American sensation, and a soon-to-be-rich young man, Oguchi Onyewu is ready to take the world by storm in Germany.

A 6-4, 210 lb. tower of strength, Oguchi Onyewu has become an integral part of the USA soccer program. The 24-year-old Onyewu was a member of the same U.S. Under-17 team that produced Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Bobby Convey, but has only come into the national team picture relatively recently, mostly because he started his pro career much later than the others. He signed with French side FC Metz in 2002, and was loaned to Belgian team La Louviere in '03. Another loan, to Standard Liege in 2004, eventually led to a permanent move. "Gooch" has thrived at Liege, making the league's Best XI twice, and being named Foreign Player of the Year in 2005. Amid rumors that other European squads are bidding for his signature, it appears as though he will sign with English team Middlesbrough FC next season.
Onyewu earned his first USA cap in 2004, and has quickly ascended to first-team status with the Yanks since. He is presently most well known for his domination, and "stare-down" of Mexico forward Jared Borgetti in a 2006 World Cup qualifier. He was also named to the Best XI of the 2005 Gold Cup, in which the USA took home the continental title. Onyewu is fast, tall and exceptionally built, overpowering defenders and consistently winning aerial battles. He will play every minute of the World Cup for the USA.

Career Highlights:

2002: Makes pro debut with FC Metz (France, Ligue 1).

2003: Joins La Louviere (Belgium, First Division) from Metz on loan.

2004: Joins Standard Liege (Belgium, First Division) from Metz on loan, then on a free transfer). Makes U.S. Men's National Team debut.

2005: Named to Belgian First Division Best XI. Named Belgian First Division Best Foreign Player. Wins Gold Cup with USA. Named to Gold Cup Best XI.

2006: Named to Belgian First Division Best XI.


Anonymous The McCrum said...

Dude, how can you not use the photo of Gooch staring down sissy-ass Borgetti? Best photo of a USMNT player ever.

Thanks to Joel for the photo:

11:58 PM  
Blogger Z. Jackson said...

I linked to it in the main article.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous the mccrum said...

I ain't got time for all that there fancy reading! Pictures is what gets me 'round the internet.

Seriously though, great stuff, keep up the good work, props from 150th St.

7:19 PM  

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