By DAN KARELL
Oguchi Onyewu has found himself a new club, at least for the time being.
English Championship club Charlton Athletic announced on Friday that they had signed Onyewu to a two-month contract. Onyewu will wear the No. 15 for the Addicks and he comes in as a replacement for Michael Morrison, who just completed a loan move to Birmingham City.
The American centerback has been without a club since last May, when Sheffield Wednesday and Onyewu couldn’t agree on a new contract after a strong half-season at the club. Since suffering a ruptured patellar tendon in his left knee in Oct. 2009, Onyewu has struggled to find a consistant and regular place in a team’s starting lineup, hopping from club to club in Portugal, the Netherlands, Spain, and now England.
Onyewu is available to make his debut on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday at Charlton’s home stadium, the Valley. Charlton are currently in ninth place in the 24-team Championship.
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By DAN KARELL
A man who’s name is as synonymous as the soccer team he plays for and the city he’s always lived in could be moving to greener pastures.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s days with the club could be numbered, as the club have yet to offer Gerrard a new contract, with his current one expiring this coming June. The 34-year-old admitted in an interview that he doesn’t feel like he’s ready to wrap up his career, meaning that his future could lie away from Anfield.
“I won’t be retiring this summer,” he says. “I will play beyond this season. We will have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else. That’s Liverpool’s decision.”
Gerrard has been a key starter and member of the first team for Liverpool since making his debut in late 1998, and was given the captain’s armband in Oct. 2003. Gerrard helped lead Liverpool to one of their greatest feats in the 2005 UEFA Champions League final, coming back from a three-goal deficit to beat AC Milan.
Gerrard, who has made just short of 500 appearances in his career for the Reds, has played nine English Premier League games this season, scoring two goals. He has been criticized for some of the team’s early-season struggles.
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By CAITLIN MURRAY
U.S. Men’s National Team coach Jurgen Klinsmann’s inclusion on FIFA’s World Coach of the Year shortlist was a surprise to some soccer aficionados.
Mexico coach Miguel Herrera seems to be in that camp, telling ESPN radio that Costa Rica’s Jorge Luis Pinto deserved it more.
“I don’t know why Jurgen Klinsmann is on the list,” Herrera said in the Spanish-language interview on Wednesday. “Maybe because he’s German.”
“That’s the only explanation we have, because he hasn’t done anything to be there,” Herrera added. “I’d say Pinto did more with Costa Rica.”
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By RYAN TOLMICH
The last few weeks have been rough on Jonathan Bornstein.
Just days after Bornstein returned to the squad following the passing of his father, Mexican club Querétaro announced that the American left back is set to miss at least two months of action after undergoing foot surgery.
“Jonathan was hurt last Friday in training, and he suffered an injury to his fifth metatarsal,” Querétaro head of press Alejandro Esponda said Wednesday. “He was operated on last Saturday, and he’ll be out for at least two and a half months.”
The injury is set to keep Bornstein out for the remainder of the 2014 Apertura season. Currently on-loan with Queretaro from Tigres, Bornstein has appeared in just two Copa MX games this season.
Bornstein has made 38 appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team, most recently in 2011.
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Danny Williams has been on the sidelines with a knee injury for the better part of six months, but now the U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder appears ready to get back on the field.
Williams has been deemed healthy and ready to go for English League Championship side Reading after playing 45 minutes in an Under-21 match for Reading on Monday.
Williams underwent surgery in July for the persistent knee issue that had plagued him last spring. It forced him to miss the tail-end of the League Championship season, while also costing him a chance at competing for a place on the U.S. World Cup team.
By IVES GALARCEP
Though it may not quite be a battle with major title implications anymore given Chelsea’s runaway position as leaders, but the Manchester Derby still has plenty on the line when the red and blue sides of Manchester meet on Sunday at the Etihad.
City currently sits in third place in the English Premier League, but will face a Manchester United side feeling good about a hard-earned draw against Chelsea last weekend. The Citizens saw their three-match winning streak snapped last week against West Ham, and will look to keep Manchester United away from the top four with a victory.
In Germany, struggling Borussia Dortmund will look to halt a surprisingly bad start to the Bundesliga season with a victory against rival Bayern Munich. Jurgen Klopp’s side has lost four straight matches and sits just a point out of the relegation zone, but Dortmund has a history of pushing Bayern to the limit so another memorable match shouldn’t be ruled out.
In MLS, the Seattle Sounders take on FC Dallas on Sunday and the Los Angeles Galaxy meet Real Salt Lake in the West Conference playoffs. In the East, the New England Revolution meet the Columbus Crew in what should be the most entertaining of the conference semifinal series.
Here is a rundown of all the weekend’s soccer action: