Report: Onyewu close to deal with Sporting Lisbon

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Oguchi Onyewu's tenuous club situation may be close to getting settled.

According to a report from Portuguese outlet A Bola, Onyewu is close to signing a deal with Portuguese power Sporting Lisbon.

Onyewu was loaned to FC Twente this past season from AC Milan, but the Dutch club did not act on its option to buy Onyewu's contract outright. He is still under contract with Milan, but reports from Portugal suggest that Milan would let Onyewu go on a free transfer.

Sporting Lisbon finished third in the Portuguese Liga last season and will participate in the 2011-2012 UEFA Europa League.

What do you think of the potential move for Onyewu?

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116 Responses to Report: Onyewu close to deal with Sporting Lisbon

  1. roger says:

    they must of not seen the Spain vs US game

  2. jpc says:

    Any word as to why he didn’t play in the Gold Cup?

  3. jose says:

    Hopefully goooch can get back to old gooch. The old him would hae beeen nice2 see vs mexco

  4. Charles says:

    Um. If he gets to step on the field, pass the ball, tackle and play better, then it’s a great move. If not, what is there to say? Portugal hasn’t exactly been a place were NATs have covered themselves in glory(Adu, Agbossoumonde)

  5. Tony in Quakeland says:

    I’m sure they did – from the Confederations Cup…

  6. roger says:

    hahaha

  7. Hopper says:

    Wow. AC Milan really doesn’t want Gooch. Even after he offered to play for them for free this past season.

  8. eRic gheimer says:

    seems like a good move. He was at his best when he was physically dominant. He won everything in the air. Hopefully he can get back to that level of play.

  9. The Pikey says:

    Do they know something no one else does? I find this surprising considering Bradley didn’t rate him enough to play him at all.

  10. JJ's shin says:

    This makes me kind of nervous. I wish Gooch would go to a smaller club where he knows he could get consistent minutes. He had the perfect situation at Liege and he left for Milan to ride the bench for more cash. I understand that footballers dream of playing for big, prestigious clubs but Gooch is nearing 30 and has never been the same since his injury. Why not go to Holland, Denmark, or back to Belgium and regain some form and consistency?

  11. Aaron in StL says:

    Man… none of our guys with promise to take it to the next step (succeed at a top club in Europe) have been able to do it for a plethora of reasons. Really hope Agudelo and the next wave can get over the hump.

  12. BurlingtonChelsea says:

    Josh tweets that he has to learn Dutch. What’s up with that?

  13. afrim says:

    if Sporting’s benches are up to snuff to Gooch’s standards then it’s a done deal. The seats have to be firm but not too hard where it would cause discomfort after sitting on them for an hour and a half

  14. Joamiq says:

    Great move… as long as he plays…

  15. adub says:

    hey guess what? no confeds cup in 2013…. this team is getting old fast, time for a youth movement and get a better coach

  16. Brian S says:

    Is Josh a friend of yours? Did his job transfer him to Holland and you’re just really excited for him? I guess I’m happy for Josh too

  17. Jeff Awesome says:

    I almost wonder if Bradley didn’t play him because a poor performance could have hurt his opportunities for a new club.

  18. CrispyST3 says:

    Actually Gale was doing great, the company that owned his rights didn’t want to sell him for cheap tho

  19. Danny says:

    OUCH! But true…

    +1

  20. Petaluman says:

    or maybe he meant Jozy

  21. MC Pharaoh says:

    They only have 3 CB’s atm… 1 being their 22 year old captain, a 32 year old declining Polga, & a recently signed Peruvian CB… Onyewu is likely to start imo even on his poor form.

  22. MC Pharaoh says:

    He meant Jozy.. He is signing for AZ, Ajax, or possibly PSV. There will probably something out on it tomarrow or the day after, watch…

  23. Neumannator says:

    So harsh but so true…

  24. Joamiq says:

    In that case, excellent move! Thanks for the info!

  25. golfstrom says:

    true that. we need a coach who will try new formations and personnel, and give major minutes in the gold cup to guys like lichaj, ream, bradley, kljestan, adu, bedoya, jozy, and agudelo who are all 25 and under. someone who’ll fast track a stu holden-type to the national team while he’s still in mls. why can’t we have a coach like that?

  26. abc says:

    If he plays, good move for him, and for our national team.

    Although he looks like his career on the US team is done, there is still a non-zero chance that he will eventually return to his old form, but he will need regular starts to have any hope.

  27. FulhamNick says:

    What is Sporting smoking?! Gooch is done…and not because he’s getting old and moves a little be slower, it actually looks like he’s regressed as a soccer player over the years.

  28. Adam in Cali says:

    Wow, Gooch sure is getting quite the travel experience playing in so many different European countries (I used the term “playing” loosely). France (Metz), Belgium (Standard), England (Newcastle), Italy (Milan), Neatherlands (Twente), and now possibly Portugal with Sporting? Not too shabby…

  29. Chris in Oakland says:

    Add Jovan Kirovski to that list of Nats who didn’t do too well in Portugal. In fact, Kirovski played for Sporting.

  30. Abram says:

    Sounds to me like he should go to the Turkish second division

  31. ThaDeuce says:

    Bad move for quality, he needs center back minutes, not paid to decay on the bench. I think gooch is caught up in club prestige and not thinking straight. He ain’t in it for the money, so by golly at least go somewhere you can play!

  32. ThaDeuce says:

    +2

  33. adub says:

    give me anyone but bradley… hes maxed out his skills, he cant take the team any further than he already has.. its time for a new direction built with a redesigned back 4 (George John, Ream, Lichaj, Chandler) a midfield with the focus being Stuart Holden …. i would love to see Brek Shea or Bunbury get looks… When do we start seeing Conor Doyle on the senior side??? BB choosing Bornstein over Spector really throws me for a loop… is zac whitbread ever gonna get a chance to play??? BB deserves the axe sooooooo badly i sware man please let us move on

  34. Free says:

    What have we learned from this gold cup edition? Youth does not equal being all the way there ready (ream, agudelo) and that a player is never completely out of the picture….things happen (adu, bedoya).

    As long as he wins playing time its a positive move. The national team will take of itself. No CB at the gold cup grabbed hold of the position where they are a must have in the equation. Still up for grabs… Ream still has work to do. Goodson is serviceable, but leaves you wanting more from a starting cb. Boca at this point is the first choice.

  35. adub says:

    this is portugal man not spain or italy…. gooch given proper time to settle into a position with the team he could actually do quite well i think… hes still in great shape and incredibly strong for a soccer player just not nearly as fast as he used to be… he still woulda got torched up by mexico ithink, but hell let him get healthy and we’ll see what he can do ! we need defenders badly

  36. sandtrout says:

    I get you — Bradley did all that you mention. Switching to the 4-2-3-1 was a good, flexible move; so was playing Freddy. But I’m one of those who still can’t see how Bradley takes the USMNT to a higher level. Then again, if you fire him, you still have to be able to find somebody who will take the team higher.

  37. sushant says:

    Fantastic move, if it happens. Personally, I think he’s more suited (right now) to the EPL, but a move to Portugal will help him work on his possession, composure on the ball and his distribution. He’ll have to work at it, but I’m confident that he’s the type that can still learn and grow. Good luck Gooch!

  38. ACS says:

    I got confused, I thought they meant Sporting KC which would make a little more sense.

  39. martha says:

    i agree about Bradley Shocked he hasnt resigned after this Gold Cup and that writers (including Ives) arent grilling Sunil about the US regression at all levels and about Stale Bob.
    George John-Yes, Ream NO!! Hes not good enough Yes he can pass but so can Dempsey and we arent going to put him on the backline. Lichaj Yes did good job on overated Mex wingers till BURNTstein messed it up. Chandler YES but im reading the writing on the wall das German team…Holden is too injury prone to depend on. Brek Shea has Guardado/Barrerra talent but 0 soccer IQ. Burnbury YES a more technical version of Jozy. How you bring in Anguduelo who has scored once and on the bench for his club over Teal is byond me. I guess Red Metro players are entitled. Let Conor Doyle do something with his club first unless your looking to cap tie him. and yes Whitbread and Geoff Cameron at CB and bring Mix back into the mix

  40. martha says:

    Yes he can grab a seat next to Davies on the ” I was going to be the next great thing in American soccer” bus to irrevelant land and join JOB

  41. sammysounder says:

    I would rather see Gooch back in the US than riding pine in Portugal.

  42. BellusLudas says:

    I agree with many of the comments here but think that the problem is bigger than BB. We have plateaued as a NATS program. For that reason we need someone outside the loop, ie Klinsmann to bring new ideas to our player development. Not just men’s team, but youth as well.

    I believe that eventually MLS will get that done, but we are still 10 years out from the league producing the quality of coaches and players we need to stock a truly competitive player pool.

  43. Dylan B T says:

    cha ching

  44. Ploobian says:

    I don’t think of the Nats program as having plateaued at all. If we are using metaphors than I prefer tides. Specifically because you have mentioned the NATS program as a whole. If you meant the current administration, so to speak, then that might make more sense to me. But for the program as a whole I can’t help but think the overall progress of the program through these past two decades has been upward largely. Surely ups and downs are a part of any progression except for in the most unusual circumstances, don’t you think?

    Gear shift…someone mentioned earlier Gooch’s speed has slowed. The injury slowed him, sure. But does anyone out there have his dash times pre and post injury? I’m guessing not. Unless you’re on the team staff, right? Even if those times were known, I’m guessing the difference would be marginal.

  45. DingDong says:

    Going to Suriname’s Hoofdklasse link to en.wikipedia.org

  46. abc says:

    He did go to Holland, Twente.

  47. Soccer Guy says:

    Did they say what part of the bench Onyewu will occupy? I heard he is better on and prefers the left side.

  48. Jack says:

    As usual, people talking too much smack about Gooch. I felt like that Gooch made a lot of progress with Twente this year and is nearing his old form. Everyone had a bad game against Spain. Also, many people were saying “his passing is poor”. When was his passing good? It’s not like the US is playing a 3 man back line? His job is shut down the box and go forward for set pieces. I don’t think that during anytime in his career that he has come close to an assist. With someone like Boca or Ream who can pass well out of the back, I don’t think that Sporting will care too much. Hell, he was pretty decent at left fullback for Twente (he got forward and did make some impressive runs and passes).

    Last, as someone who lives in Europe and has had to move around, I can’t imagine what it’s like personally and professionaly for him to bounce around Europe like this (he’s played in France, the UK, Belgium, Italy, Holland, and now possibly Portugal). So, the overall point of my comment is that people need to be patient with Gooch. He might be our man for WC qualifying since Ream isn’t there yet and Goodson is just a less dominant version of Gooch with marginally better passing ability. Let’s see how he does at Sporting and then we’ll talk…

  49. jmadsen says:

    +1 for the laugh ;-)

  50. matt says:

    He is old. Can we please just go with the youth movement in USMNT and get it over with.

  51. He will do a great job in Sporting… Domingos (Sporting Lisbon manager) is looking for a tall/strong CB, at the moment they only have Polga (32 yo Brazilian), Rodriguez (recent signing from Braga and Perunian International) and a 22 yo Carrico (product from Sporting academy), if you follow the Portuguese SuperLiga you will know that Sporting’s defense conceded most goals from crossings and corners, reason why they need people with good presence in the area, they don’t need a distributor or a fast player, they are looking for players like Gooch, he will get play time together with Rodriguez! Mark my words

  52. JoeW says:

    B/c right now, Gooch is a shadow of what is was as a player. Poor on the ball, weak positioning, bad first touch, terrible distribution, easily exploited by quicker players and not playing confidently. In limited time with the NT in the past year he’s looked poor–which is why Ream, Goodson and Bocanegra are all ahead of him at centerback and Chad Marshall is nipping at his heels.

    When Gooch went to AC Milan, I really didn’t understand the excitement. I thought it was probably a terrible decision. I didn’t forsee the injury but basically what has happened is he’s gone about 2 years with no significant playing time. That’s a quick way to go from a NT player who’s a vital cog and a difference maker, maybe one of our 3-4 best field players to a guy who’s a liability and not even one of the 3-4 best players at his position. Gooch needs to get significant amounts of PT in a decent (not great) league.

  53. Annelid Gustator says:

    “Stale Bob”

    Hehe. “If bad football coaching is something you wish… Then check out this man who looks like a fish! StaleBob TrackPants!”

  54. RK says:

    Kamani Hill, too. But we can also blame Traffic.

  55. Anthony says:

    Sporting is also rumored to be interested in Andres Guardado. Would be interesting to see them play together. Also the papers in Portugal are actually reporting a three year deal.

  56. RK says:

    Well, why not take a flyer on a guy that’s your 5th CB…

  57. Andy in Atlanta says:

    Thank you for the voice of reason… anybody who knows about serious knee injuries knows it often takes 2 years to get back to comfort…

    He was awful against Spain but he was serviceable for Twente when IMHO he was still recovering…

    Gooch will start and play well and get back his old position… I would take Gooch over Ream any day right now…

  58. Playing Time says:

    You need me, Gooch, if you want to further your international career.

    Make sure this isn’t a Milan 2.0 decision, my friend.

  59. JH says:

    a word?

    *form

    *injury

    *rust

    *confidence

    *development

    *Brazil

    *Ream

    *Goodson

    Those are just a few “words” why. Hope to see the beast back in form though. You know Bob is just waiting to utter the words “Release the Kraken!” ala Clash of the Titans on an opposing national team.

  60. JH says:

    What position does Kamani even play? I remember seeing him in our u-20′s playing ST, CB and even some Mid.

    Kid has size, if I recall correctly, hence the moving around?

  61. JH says:

    Berlesconi (sp?) is a scumbag of a human being but I dont believe they would have taken him up on that offer.

    That said, when Gooch made that statement I cringed. It was the kiss of death on a number of levels and falled well short of conveying loyalty/honor and looked rather weak/feeble.

  62. BurlingtonChelsea says:

    Haha yeah damn ipad auto correct. Josh=Jozy….lol

  63. Don Pelayo says:

    Sounds like a good move for Gooch. If healthy, he should be able to get playing time at Lisbon and hopefully resurrect his USMNT career. We need him.

  64. Aaron in StL says:

    Jozy is on a nice little Adu-like trajectory here. Would be nice for him to find a spot he could stick for more than a year.

  65. Brett says:

    I’m ready to move on from a MNT perspective unless he actually gets better over the next season and beyond. He’s just slower now and seems less confident. Get the youths in there. In related but unrelated news I had a dream the other night that FIFA allowed switches for Hangeland, Subotic, and Rossi and they all took them. I have never been so sad to wake up in my life.

  66. OC says:

    oooooo an ipad?!

  67. Tony in Quakeland says:

    People keep calling him old. He’s 29 – that is not close to old for a center back. What he is is injuried. There is no assurance he will make it back to the level he reached in 2009, but you’d think USA fans would actually wish the guy well in stead of line up to trash him when a failry big club expresses interest.

  68. OC says:

    I agree with you but I don’t think citing Bedoya in that clause makes sense. I don’t think anyone except BB thought Bedoya was out of the picture. Here we are talking about a player whose level of play and form are in question; Bedoya was simply a snub that almost any knowledgeable soccer fan or analyst saw as a horrible move.

  69. Andy in Atlanta says:

    He is less than 1 year older than Clint Dempsey… Is Clint old?

  70. OC says:

    I don’t buy all this Klinsmann hype that everybody is still on.

    The guy had a very stale season at Bayern and was sacked before any sense of longevity was established (understandable as high expectations lead to this in the big leagues).

    In addition, he took an experienced, complete German National Team to 3rd place in WC2006, which is better than 29 other teams yes, but also is no better than they finished in 2002 (3rd place). Basically, his 2 biggest jobs have seen teams not get any better under him.

    I don’t know that the same can be said about a potential move with the Nats, as I feel that BB is not addressing our player pool as he should, but I am not really convinced by Klinsmann’s top-flight resume.

  71. OC says:

    Carrico is the captain, I thought?

    Bold proposition; if Carrico remains the skipper then it’s more likely a battle between Gooch and the Peruvian guy, which hopefully Gooch can win.

  72. RK says:

    Striker, I believe, but he’s stuck in the same Traffic nightmare. He tried out for SJ last year, but nothing came of that — I don’t know if that was Traffic’s call or SJ’s.

  73. RK says:

    Why would AC Milan want him?

  74. RK says:

    Cmon, let’s be serious. That’s a gorgeous, fairly new stadium that was built before the economic crash. I’m sure they are great seats.

  75. Eurosnob says:

    Agudelo first needs to break into the starting line up for Red Bulls before we can start talking about him making it at a top club in Europe.

  76. jason says:

    Who?

  77. Sigma Olomouc says:

    Talent takes the team to a higher level…the talent disparity between the US and Mexico was obvious. Our players just aren’t good enough right now.

  78. ATMNEUX says:

    Thank you…well said. Gooch will look good on the field with the lions

  79. JH says:

    29 year old who has has never been fleet of foot, injury(ies) appear to have slowed him further and lacking in confidence.

    29 years old in the real world is still a baby but in football and his player skill/body type, I have to disagree with you Tony.

    He’s on his cliche’ downward path of his career, unfortunately.

    Love him for his service and respect him for his passion but it’s time to move on. Father time insists.

  80. Black Flag says:

    29 is not old. I wish him the best of luck and I hope he will get back to 2009 level. We miss him.

  81. Eurosnob says:

    I think that Kinsmann does not get enough credit for his coaching of Germany and Bayern. In WC 2006, Germany won its group, eliminated a very strong Argentina team and lost to the eventual champions, Italy, in the overtime. How many coaches that are in consideration for the USMNT took their teams to the WC semi-final? More importantly, Klinsmann has overhauled German youth development system and got German teams play attractive attacking style. He was sacked by Bayern when Bayern was 3 points off the first place with five games to go, i.e., they still had a chance to finish first. They also made it to the quaterfinals of the Champions league, where they lost to the eventual winner, Barcelona. In the last season, Bayern did worse under Van Gaal (who is a very good coach) in both Bundesliga and the Champions league.

  82. Mat says:

    Gooch is good.

    I was shocked that BB didn’t use him during the GC. Really Ream should not have started the first 2 games, and Gooch should have seen some more PT.

    People are crazy to write him off, he’s our best CB. Why the hell bring him to the GC if it was to sit him all tourney? If you call up veterans, you have to play them or else don’t waste the spot and just give it to a younger player.

    The fact top European Clubs are still interested in Gooch proves that he’s far from done and I’m certain he could have helped us in the GC.

    He’s still better than Goodson, better than Ream, and a good complement to Boca in the middle.

    Another blunder by BB at the GC, adding to the list.

  83. Detroit! says:

    Agreed. Kljestan proves the point better than Bedoya.

  84. AC says:

    Keeping fingers crossed the “old Gooch” can be back to form in Portugal.

  85. Mat says:

    Actually since he’s always been slow, age won’t be much of an issue since his game is all about power, and Gooch is very fit. He’s probably the fittest guy in the US player pool.

  86. Mat says:

    Well if he was “rusty” as you say, or basically not fit for the GC, then it’s just more proof at BB’s incompetence over the past year.
    If you call a veteran like Gooch, you HAVE to play him. If you know he’s injured/not fit, etc.. then DON’T CALL HIM UP.

    Because truth be told, a fit healthy Gooch is a league above Ream, Goodson or any other CB in the US pool right now. The fact scouts from top Euro clubs are still looking at him with interest basically proves my point.

    So his non-play at the GC is just another reason why BB must leave his spot to someone else. He simply has been utterly lost since the end of the World Cup, and the US team’s results in the past 12 months illustrates that clearly.

  87. Mat says:

    Sorry that is just plain foolish. Senior national teams need veterans. Look at any good national side and you’ll see its led by a bunch of early 30s guys.

    Youth has to be blended in little by little into the mix.

    Perhaps you didn’t watch the GC, but not sure Ream and Agudelo (our youth movement as you say) were very convincing…

  88. euroman says:

    SL is on par with Denmark & Belguim and not a “top club” so this would be amajor step down. To say Gooch is ahead of Goodson in any way is just not understanding the clear evidence showed with both club & country.

  89. Mat says:

    I think you’re the one not understanding if you believe the leagues of Denmark and Belgium are on par with the one in Portugal.

    Just look at what clubs from each league achieve in European competitions these days and you’ll see for yourself.

    The Portuguese league is one of the better European leagues.

  90. Russell says:

    The benches or the stands?

    In all truthfulness, he was getting minutes at Twente. Surely, he’ll get mins in Portugal.. Gooch’s summer USMNT team mins were a little bit of trial by fire as well.. in a position he hasnt played in months.. See Lichaj at RB for someone who can go from good to average with a sudden position change.. even if back to their natural position.

  91. Judging Amy says:

    Nice info. El Mudo (Peruvian) is good. As long as Gooch recovers his form it sounds like he should be alright.

  92. matt says:

    For gooch 29 is old. He is dependent on his physical abilities. he doesnt read the game that well and is not good on the ball.

    we need to go with youth and let it develop instead of throwing out guys that really are physical specimens rather than soccer players on the international stage at least.

  93. mistaDobalina says:

    it seems like every tournament we crash out because our team is too unexperienced or overwhelmed by an experienced veteran team like Mexico or Brazil.. vet players should be holding their spots better and younger players should be pushing for those spots… we shouldn’t have to just turn over the team to younger players because the current team isn’t what we are looking for.

    this move looks good to me.. hope Gooch takes some time to settle somewhere and focus on his club status.. we have plenty of time before qualifying gets going..

  94. Russell says:

    I’m not a B.Bradley fan. I think his personnel choices and rigidness is a hindrance. I will say that at the end of this Gold Cup I think we finally know our best 18. I just wish he knew it going into the Gold Cup.

    Same thing with the Confed Cup in 09 and WC last year. BB never knows his best 18 going in..

  95. Free says:

    My correlation with adu and bedoya was that neither would have had an opportunity w/o something unexpected happening… jozy, feilhaber, holden injuries coupled with their improved and consistent play. While many on his board rate bedoya, clearly he was not originally in BB’s top pecking order at mid.

    Imo sacha did not have a good tourney, so did not want to use him as an example. Although you are correct, pre gold cup, he played himself back in the picture.

  96. fischy says:

    “Must have” — for criminy’s sakes — “must have”

  97. Russell says:

    Germany making it to the Semi’s in 06 was a huge accomplishment. The team was young and inexperienced and in “re-building mode”. The real knock on Klinsman is that it was Low who was the mastermind..

    However.. does Klinsman get Chandler on the roster? Does he figure out the back 4 quicker. Does Klinsman figure out his best 18 quicker than BB? I think answer is yes.

  98. fischy says:

    AZ — courtesy of our old friend, Earnie Stewart.

    Dutch game might suit him.

  99. primoone says:

    +1

  100. MicahK says:

    I hope Gooch does good. Having European Portuguese roots on my mom side and Afro Portuguese roots on my dad side I love it when new players get signed to Portuguese League teams. For the nats we need players in clubs in Portugal. I hope Gooch will start a list of Americans who are successful in Portugal. A lot of our guys are not successful in Portugal.

  101. primoone says:

    You had me until…

    “Brek Shea has Guardado/Barrerra talent…”

  102. PD says:

    AC MIlan WAS a bad move. Being an overpaid sparring partner for a starting squad is not the same as being a starter. That and the injury have really taken a toll.

    Gooch, much like Adu and Altidore, NEEDS to get out of the club wilderness, find a place where he can play. MLS Turkish second league, dunn’t matter. Cat needs to find a place where he can play. I’m not sure Lisbon will provide that.

    How does that translate to caps? It leave room for folks like Ream and Gonzalez and even Bocanegra, but he still has a chance to get back to being a dominant force in teh CB pool.

    It begins being on the field playing though–this deal smacks of being paid. Maybe he needs to take a page from CD9 and come home for a bit–even on loan.

  103. PD says:

    IVES!!!! I for one would love to see an investigative article on influence of sports agents for a lot of our young players in the past few years. Gale’s sitchee really brought it to light, but it seems like it’s more widespread–there are a lot of sharks out there that have really cut some really promising players off at the knees.

    I get the attrition rate from young talent to established superstar for lots of reasons, but we’re so quick to blame coaches and players yet these guys are a major part of the puzzle that (too) often hides in the shadows.

    I think that if the fire BB/Sunil crowd got as irate with feckless agents we’d possibly see some real changes.

  104. JJ's shin says:

    Yeah…I mean BACK to Holland…with a smaller club.

  105. Tony in Quakeland says:

    And I respectfully disagree with your disagreeing…

    You are right that in football terms, 29 can be old, especailly depending on the posiiton, But I think you’ll find a lot of top flight defenders much older than Gooch. So much of being a CB is expereince and ability to read the game. Sometimes a guy is in his late twenties before he even starts to peak as a CB.

  106. bryan says:

    I remember when Hill was at Wolfsburg. I had him and Dzeko as my strikers on FIFA back then. haha

    He is on loan to a Portugese team right now, Aves.

  107. bryan says:

    I love Gooch. Sure, he’s not in good form right now, but for whatever reason, he’s one of my favorite Nats. Given the lack of depth at CB for Sporting, this could turn out well. I just hope he can play on a regular basis and just get back into his groove. He may not be the Gooch of 2007 ever again, but the guy is a beast and would still be a good option for the USMNT….even if it was just for depth and experience. He just reaaaallly needs to get some PT, otherwise, there is no point in calling him up.

  108. zeke in el paso says:

    hahahaha this guy

  109. Puyol is old, Gattuso is 33, Ricardo Carvalho 33, as a CB you can play and still perform well at that age, Gooch is only 29, he can still offer all his experience to Sporting for another 4 years at least!

  110. ko'd says:

    For the same reason that people shouldn’t say “he should go to Germany or England.” Because teams in those leagues have to want him. And if they don’t, he can’t very well go there.

  111. OC says:

    The Chandler angle is weak — that is a coincidence and is not enough to warrant a hire as a Nats coach.

    Everything else, I would hastily agree. In my opinion Bradley’s most gaping flaw is that he clings to players who have absolutely no business being around. I think a new coach at the beginning of the WC cycle was / is necessary to sever these ties; to start fresh with the player pool and not have any selections due to off-the-field inklings.

    I agree with all the points on Klinsmann; it’s good to hear a little more knowledge about his resume. The Bayern sacking was rather untimely (and personally I disagree with sacking a manager before the 2-year mark; they have to gel as much as the players have to). And it would be hard to argue that Klinsmann would not have had the squad figured out by (at the latest) the Spain friendly; I still see the Spain friendly as a huge waste of 90 minutes.

    I just don’t know if he would have won us this GC. Besides, I feel like back when we were hunting for a coach, Klinsmann was quoted as saying he didn’t want to do it.

    The point on his restructure of the youth program, however, is enticing.

  112. OC says:

    Lucio is 33 as well, and he’s dirty. Gallas (who is tipped by many as being one of the EPL’s most resurgent players) is above 30 if my memory serves me correctly.

    The argument that 29 is ‘old’ for a CB is simply ridiculous. What you CAN argue is that he may not get much BETTER than he is now. And how good is he now?? At least good enough to help Twente have a strong season and look bad against the world champs with a team lacking any chemistry and also lacking many starters or even contributors.

    Yes, Gooch has been disappointing; no, Gooch is not too old to play meaningful minutes (or a marquee role) on a respectable team.

  113. OC says:

    Not dissimilar to the situation with college athletes soon-to-turn pro in the other American sports. Really shameful stuff.

  114. Pablo says:

    Yes, the rumor is that as soon as Ajax sign Sigthorsson from AZ, then Jozy will be announced as his replacement.

  115. Josh says:

    Berlusconi is indeed one of the biggest scumbags EVER in the long sordid history of (not just Italian) politics. That said, he has nothing to do with Gooch’s lack of playing time, as he leaves the day-to-day operations of his club to the football people. (He’s got a country to run, underage prostitutes to see, etc.)

    Gooch shouldn’t have gone to Milan in the first place. He was coming off a strong GC, but playing time in their star-studded lineup was always going to be tough to come by, even before his injury.

    I hope he gets back to where he was, but at best he’s a star-caliber player in a second-tier league where he defends against big physical forwards. Quick forwards who play a ground game and can press have always given him trouble. For all his physicality and strength in the air, Gooch isn’t very fast, can’t turn quickly, and is very poor with the ball at his feet. Add without consistent playing time, it’s almost impossible for anybody to read and anticipate the game at the necessary speed to compensate for his weaknesses.

  116. It’s been confirmed and he just signed a contract with Sporting Lisbon. Good luck Gooch