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Posted at 3:54 PM ET, 01/ 5/2011

Oguchi Onyewu close to leaving AC Milan on loan

By Steve Goff

U.S. World Cup defender Oguchi Onyewu, whose club career has stalled since moving to Italy in 2009, is on the verge of leaving AC Milan to go on a six-month loan, the Insider has learned.

Italian reports last week linked him to Dutch champion FC Twente, which is coached by his former Standard Liege boss, Michel Preud'homme. Genoa and at least one Swiss team had also expressed interest.

While Milan was preparing for the season to resume after the holidays, Onyewu, 28, was in the Washington area. He is expected to return to Europe this week to finalize a deal.

Onyewu, who has played in France, Belgium and England, has never made a Serie A appearance for the Italian leaders -- he did enter a Champions League match in 2009 -- and struggled to earn selection for the game-day roster the first part of this season. He missed much of the 2009-10 campaign after suffering a serious knee injury in a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica but recovered in time to start twice in South Africa last summer before being dropped from the lineup.

By Steve Goff  | January 5, 2011; 3:54 PM ET
Categories:  Americans Abroad, Italy, Netherlands, U.S. men's national team  | Tags:  AC Milan, Oguchi Onyewu  
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Comments

Gotta go where you're gonna play, not ride the pine with no shot at the first team.

Posted by: nairbsod | January 5, 2011 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Bout time! I'm looking forward to
Oguchi Onyewu 90 in FC Twente's...

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | January 5, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Gooch to DCU!

Posted by: DadRyan | January 5, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Great news!
Let's get him back on the field somewhere!

Posted by: jake77 | January 5, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness.

In all selfishness, I'd have preferred to see him come play on his hometown team (like DadRyan), but he still wants to prove himself in Europe and hence gain access once again to the larger stage. Hopefully he will be successful and hence get the ability to either play regularly there or to increase his trade value to to a bigger club, as befits his heart's desire

Posted by: DCUSince96 | January 5, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness.

In all selfishness, I'd have preferred to see him come play on his hometown team (like DadRyan), but he still wants to prove himself in Europe and hence gain access once again to the larger stage. Hopefully he will be successful and hence get the ability to either play regularly there or to increase his trade value to to a bigger club, as befits his heart's desire

Posted by: DCUSince96 | January 5, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Yup, about time. I have said before Onyewu is overrated. He seems slow, doofy and prone to stupid cards.

That said I wish him luck.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 5, 2011 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Twente sounds like a terrific place for Gooch... good luck, big guy!

Posted by: jrnail23 | January 5, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Hell, I think he should make a move to Twente, permanently. He could play full time, and they have played extremely well in the Europa league this season.

I hope one day our defenders can feature for such an illustrious club as AC Milan, but how much better to be part of this club right now!

Posted by: UnitedDemon1 | January 5, 2011 9:15 PM | Report abuse

I seriously don't know why anyone likes him as a player. He is absolutely terrible. His ball skills are non-existent, his vision is non-existent and his game smarts are non-existent. He is a big, physical presence in back and a tall presence on corners. Other than that, he's worthless.

Posted by: KnucklesX | January 6, 2011 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm with DadRyan - go get him DCU!

Posted by: Twitch703 | January 6, 2011 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Has he been training with the first team? I assume that everyone on the roster participates in workouts together, and if so, that must have been good experience for him too, but certainly nothing like game day in Serie A.

To any doubters, he was signed by Milan after the Confederations Cup where he was a beast in the game against Italy. We lost that game thanks to the Jersey Boy Rossi, but Gooch played great and earned the signing. If it weren't for the injury, I think this would all look very different.

Posted by: WorldCup | January 6, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

@ WorldCup
Even a blind squerrel finds a nut sometimes.

Posted by: 9Nine9 | January 7, 2011 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Welcome in Enschede Onyewu

Posted by: junina | January 10, 2011 2:29 PM | Report abuse

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