Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Oguchialu Chijioke "Oguchi" Onyewu or "Gooch" was born May 13, 1982 in Washington, D.C. He is an American soccer player who plays centre back for Belgian club Standard Liège and the United States men's national team.
Onyewu's parents moved to the United States from Nigeria to attend Howard University 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, where he played soccer for two years. He then enrolled in the U.S. residency program in Bradenton, Florida, before returning to Sherwood to graduate.
On December 26, 2006, Onyewu was voted U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year. Onyewu played for Newcastle on loan during the 2006–07 Season. He wore the number 15 shirt, and made his debut for Newcastle against Fulham F.C. on February 3, 2007. Following the arrival of new manager Sam Allardyce, Onyewu fell out of favour, and Newcastle decided not to make the loan deal permanent.