Oguchi Onyewu signs three-year deal with AC Milan

Ollie Irish

7th, July 2009


An official statement from Milan confirmed the news that Gooch is on his way to Italy: “AC Milan announces the signing on a permanent deal of defender Oguchi Onyewu from Standard Liege. The player has signed a contract with AC Milan through 30 June 2012.”
This is massive news for Gooch, obviously, but it’s also significant news for US soccer, which is on a high following the national team’s fine performance at the Confed Cup.
A criticism often levelled at current American players is that they haven’t broken through into Europe’s elite teams, or that they choose to stay Stateside. The best three US players Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan play for Everton, Fulham and LA Galaxy respectively. With respect, not one of those is a top-tier club like Milan.
It feels like Gooch’s signing could be a tipping

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