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Onyewu's Destination?

I'm getting word today that USA defender Oguchi Onyewu, out of contract after a prosperous career at Belgian champion Standard Liege, has rejected an offer from Bundesliga survivor Borussia Moenchengladbach and plans to showcase his abilities at the FIFA Confederations Cup next month in South Africa in hopes of landing a deal with perhaps an English or Spanish club. Italy's Catania was also interested at one point.

I'm also hearing that former MLS forward Matt Taylor, who has been with Koblenz in Germany, seems headed for FSV Frankfurt, another second-division club that narrowly escaped relegation.

By Steve Goff  |  May 26, 2009; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  Germany , U.S. men's national team  
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Comments

Do the Geordies wish today that they had kept Gooch instead of Coloccini?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 26, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

How could he turn down a team with a mascot like J√ľnter?

Posted by: sitruc | May 26, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Gooch looking to impress Soehn enough to get a trial @DCU, I'd wager.

Posted by: the_slammer | May 26, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

LOL

Posted by: Steve Goff | May 26, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm disappointed. I was hoping Gooch would line up with Bradley at BMG. Maybe it'll still happen, but seems a lot less likely now than it did an hour ago.

Posted by: cray | May 26, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Gooch will need to shave the beard to get a look from Wenger.

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 26, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Do the Geordies wish today that they had kept Gooch instead of Coloccini?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood
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No, it's Titus Bramble they needed. ;)

Posted by: schmuckatelli | May 26, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I am also disappointed. The German league is a GREAT fit for him and the LAST thing we need is another Newcastle the year of the world cup.

Posted by: strago | May 26, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

I believe Arsenal is considering Alexi Lalas.

I've heard players are shunning FSV Frankfurt... apparently they're all a bunch of hot dogs.

I'd like to see Gooch pared with a veteran central defender who can teach him a few things that can be carried back to the NT. A Ferdinand or Terry type of player. Just don't know how many others are out there.

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 26, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

He's been scouted for going on two years now and there were a ton of big team scouts looking over several players during the Anderleacht-Standard playoff matches. Not sure what scouts will see at the Confederations cup that they havn't already seen. Maybe he is waiting for an offer that isn't coming. BM would have been a good place for him. So is Olympique Marseille. Would hate to see him end up at Birmingham or Wolverhampton or even end up at a big club where he becomes part of the "dressed but did not play" or "did not dress" lists too many of our nats are on.

Posted by: LostinPotomac | May 26, 2009 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I read this as being good for the USMNT side for the qualifiers and confed cup. If Gooch is out of contract then he is going to try his best to impress. Not saying that will necessarily be the difference to lift us over Brazil or Italy, but who knows!

Posted by: DCUMD | May 26, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Do the Geordies wish today that they had kept Gooch instead of Coloccini?

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | May 26, 2009 12:11 PM

No. He was shockingly bad at Newcastle. He couldn't adapt to the pace of play, consistantly losing marks. Equal to or only slightly better than Sideshow Colo or Claudio Cacapa. Two over-the-hill vets without pace or tactical acumen on the pitch. Having said all that, he would probably excel next to a John Terry or Ryan Nelsen. Someone who has the experience to guide Gooch along in the Prem. Unlike what Newcastle had.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | May 26, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

if you're looking for a savvy veteran presence to help mentor Gooch as he continues developing, look no further than Gregg Berhalter of the LA Galaxy.

Posted by: bobbyoshea | May 26, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

someone remind me what's wrong with Standard Liege? He gets minutes, is the star of the team, wins titles, and will get champions league games. will any of the other suitors offer that?

Posted by: troy6 | May 26, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Disagree with Jay, Gooch was not shockingly bad, although that team certainly was. I thought he was among their more consistent players at that time, granted they were rubbish.

Posted by: JkR- | May 26, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

If he'll really watch out for new offers then i'm disappointed of him.
A few weeks ago he gave his word to Borussia MG's sport manager Eberl to sign a contract if they won't relegate.
They didn't but he changed his mind. Got to work in his character.

Posted by: cubalibre | May 26, 2009 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"someone remind me what's wrong with Standard Liege? He gets minutes, is the star of the team, wins titles, and will get champions league games. will any of the other suitors offer that?"

Because you don't get better by resting on your laurels. If Gooch wants to improve as a player, he has to move up to a better league.

Posted by: icehippo | May 26, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

One might say that Gooch's destination is unknown:

"Life is so strange
Destination unknown
When you don't know
Your destination
Something could change
It's unknown
And then you won't know
Destination unknown"

(Yeah, you knew it was coming...)

Posted by: joedoc1 | May 26, 2009 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love a blog that channels Missing Persons.
He should stay where he is for this year. After WC 2010, switch teams.

Posted by: oranjebleeder | May 26, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Because you don't get better by resting on your laurels. If Gooch wants to improve as a player, he has to move up to a better league.

Posted by: icehippo
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well it ain't like he is playing for a St. Kitts and Nevis amateur side. the Belgian league is pretty good and he has the confidence of the FO and coaching staff, so he won't get jerked around.

Posted by: troy6 | May 27, 2009 4:05 AM | Report abuse

I personally hope he some how ends up at Fulham. I figure if Arsenal manage to
lure away Berde, Gooch would be a great replacement.

Posted by: pino149 | May 29, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

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