Oguchi Onyewu

Oguchi Onyewu

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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 passport.


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, Maryland, Onyewu attended St. Andrew Apostle School and Sherwood High School before enrolling in the U.S. residency program in Bradenton, Florida. He then returning to graduate from Sherwood and went on to play soccer for two years at Clemson. He also holds Belgian citizenship.

At and , Onyewu is the tallest outfield player in U.S. team history (two goalkeepers have been taller).

Club career

Onyewu played two years of college soccer at Clemson University, and moved to Europe in 2002, signing with Metz of Ligue 1 in France. 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......
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