Oguchialu Chijioke "Oguchi" Onyewu
(born May 13, 1982) is an American football
player who plays as a defender
for Sporting Clube de Portugal
, in Primeira Liga
, and the United States national team
. Onyewu also holds a Belgian
Onyewu's parents moved to the United States from Nigeria
to study in Washington, D.C. Onyewu has two brothers, Uche and Nonye, and two sisters, Chi-Chi and Ogechi. Growing up in Silver Spring
and later Olney
, Onyewu attended St. Andrew Apostle School and Sherwood High School
before enrolling in the U.S. residency program
. He then returning to graduate from Sherwood and went on to play soccer for two years at Clemson
. He also holds Belgian
At and , Onyewu is the tallest outfield player in U.S. team history (two goalkeepers have been taller).
Onyewu played two years of college soccer
at Clemson University
, and moved to Europe in 2002, signing with Metz
of Ligue 1
. In 2003, he was loaned out to La Louvière
in Belgium, and to Standard Liège
a year later. The move to Liège was made permanent for the 2004–05 season
. After the season, he was named to the Belgian league's Best XI as well as Foreign Player of the Year for 2005.
On December 26, 2006, Onyewu was voted U.S. Soccer......