MICHAEL ADUBATO - Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Following a brief vacation after the title-retaining Gold Cup victory over Mexico, USMNT defender Oguchi Onyewu has returned to Belgium and his team Standard Liege.

"I just got back [to Belgium] three days ago," the big central defender told YA. "I went to Dubai to relax before returning to the team."

"I've been training with the team since coming back. Right now we're in a training camp and we cannot even go home."

"The team has a new training facility and this is where I've been."

Les Rouches took part in a preseason friendly on Wednesday against German club Alemannia Aachen, in which the American played the first 57 minutes. The Germans scored a minute after the American's departure before the Belgians leveled it a one apiece three minutes before the final whistle.

Of course, the Onyewu rumors are ripe again after his release from Newcastle United at the end of the English Premiership season, but the Washington, D.C. native is just sticking to what he does best.

"Everybody has been telling me about that," a surprised Onyewu replied to a question about a reported bid from Championship club Sheffield United. "Liege hasn't gotten any significant offers from anyone."

"I've just been training with the team and seeing what's going happen from there," Onyewu claimed. "Right now I'm just focusing on my form and staying in good shape."

Standard Liege travel to Le Mans in France for their next preseason game next Wednesday.

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