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Philadelphia Union


January 30, 2017
Union sign former USMNT defender Oguchi Onyewu

New Union defender Oguchi Onyewu has 69 caps for the US National Team, and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
New Union defender Oguchi Onyewu has 69 caps for the US National Team, and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
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CHESTER, Pa. -- The Philadelphia Union have signed former U.S. national team defender Oguchi Onyewu, the team announced Monday.

Onyewu, 34, a native of Olney, Md., joins the team as a Discovery signing. Onyewu has made more than 350 professional appearances, including 69 caps (six goals) for the U.S., playing in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. Onyewu, who played for Charlton Athletic in England in 2015-16, helped Standard Liege win two Belgian titles and won the 2011 Dutch Cup with FC Twente.

“Oguchi is a big, physical presence who brings experience and veteran professionalism, important traits that we believe will be an asset for our group of young defenders,” Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said. “He provides excellent depth at the center back position and we are pleased that we were able to add him to our squad.”

Onyewu played two seasons at Clemson University, then joined Metz in France’s Ligue 2, making his professional debut on Jan. 22, 2003 before transferring to La Louviere in Belgium’s first division in 2003-2004, then Standard Liege in 2004-05. Onyewu totaled 16 goals in 178 appearances in four-plus seasons, winning the Belgian championship in 2007-08 and 2008-09 with Standard Liege. Onyewu was loaned to Newcastle United, making his Premier League debut against Fulham on Feb. 3, 2007.

Onyewu transferred to AC Milan for the 2009-10 campaign, making his first appearance in the UEFA Champions League against FC Zurich on Sept. 30, 2009, then being loaned to FC Twente. Onyewu then played for Sporting CP, Malaga, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday.

Onyewu’s first goal for the U.S. came in the CONCACAF Gold Cup against Honduras at Giants Stadium on July 21, 2005.

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