KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Oguchi Onyewu has announced his retirement, calling time on a 15-year career that saw him playing primarily in Europe while also representing the US national team on the international stage.
The announcement came on Monday in a post on Instagram.
"From a lanky kid growing up in Olney MD, to playing for some of the greatest clubs in the world... this sport gave me so much," he wrote.
Onyewu was a highly-touted player coming out of Olney, Maryland, as he headed to Braedenton, Florida, to be a part of the US Soccer residency program. After graduating from high school he would head to South Carolina, where he played for two seasons at Clemson University.
The 6-3 centerback then started his professional odyssey in 2002 when he signed with French team Metz who were playing in Ligue 2. As he did not see much playing time, he was sent on loan to Belgium with La Louviere.
It would be in Belgium where Onyewu would see most of his success as then signed with Standard Liege in 2004. During his time with Les Rouges he would win two league titles and a super cup.
Onyewu would then make headlines in 2009 when it was annouced that he signed a three-year contract with Italian Serie A team AC Milan, making him the first American to play for the Rossoneri. However, during his 18-month spell with the team, he did not play in a single competitive game as he went down with a anterior cruciate ligament injury.
The now 36-year-old would also play for other teams across Europe such as Newcastle United, FC Twente, Sporting Lisbon and Malaga.
On the international stage, Onyewu earned 69 caps for the US national team as he played for them in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. He also helped the team to two CONCACAF Gold Cup titles in 2005 and 2007 respectively.
Many US Soccer fans will remember Onyewu for his intimidating stare down of Mexico's Jared Borgetti during their World Cup qualifying game in March 2005.