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