Report: Valencia interested in signing Onyewu

Oguchi Onyewu Malaga (UEFA)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu’s time in Spain may not be done with, after all.

According to a report from Spanish outlet Marca, Valencia have taken an interest in signing Onyewu on a free transfer after he mutually agreed to part ways with Portuguese side Sporting CP in August. Valencia are looking for a replacement for Adil Rami, who just agreed to join AC Milan in January, and have deemed the 31-year-old Onyewu a suitable candidate.

Onyewu is no stranger to La Liga. He spent last season on loan with Malaga but was seldom used by the club. Onyewu made just two league appearances during the 2012-13 campaign, but he did find some success in the Copa Del Rey with four starts and two goals. He also started in two of the three games he appeared in for Malaga in the UEFA Champions League last season.

The veteran centerback has been out of action since playing for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the Gold Cup back in July. To maintain fitness, he has been training with his former team, Ligue 2 club FC Metz.

What do you think of Valencia’s interest in Onyewu? Hoping he signs a deal with the Spanish club? Would you prefer to see him join MLS?

Share your thoughts below.

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56 Responses to Report: Valencia interested in signing Onyewu

  1. Joe says:

    This guy has been bounced around like Lohan.

  2. blokhin says:

    Onyewu must have made a deal with the devil… be on Champions-league level club rosters for years, but play for none of them

    • Alex says:

      Seriously – what’s with these high level teams being the only ones interested? I don’t understand why some mid table La Liga or Ligue 1 or EPL or Serie A or any other gosh darn league he’s played in team won’t sign him.

      • Iggy says:

        he’s probably a cheap but good practice levels player or emergency sub for them….who isnt going to cry when he doesnt play.

        Gooch is becoming the backup QB for hire….just get the guy a clipboard.

      • Atletico Man says:

        This season Valencia really is a mid-level team. That said, I don’t think he will see the pitch much either with Valencia or MLS because he is too fragile, and will eventually get hurt.

      • Atletico Man says:

        …and he would get hurt even sooner in the EPL.

  3. RK says:

    What does he want to do? Just fill out a good club’s bench, or play? Because he won’t for Valencia.

    Does he like teams that might not be able to pay him?

    • salamander says:

      He has high ambition. Plus he’s seen as cheap/replacement for an even better player. He has years of top level experience and he has the Belgian passport

  4. Mike O says:

    Come to PDX Gooch. Just come home.

    • nic d "the tx 2 stepper" says:

      Technically DC United would be home. IIRC he was born and raised in Maryland.

    • Nate Dollars says:

      um, he would still be about 3000 miles away from “home”. they do speak the same language, though, so there’s that.

  5. che says:

    he must have the best agent in all of sports.

  6. salamander says:

    way to go GOOCH. He has the best agent out of any Yank Abroad in history

  7. af if u ask me/us says:

    love to see him in Turkish league or return to the Belgian league. Mid-tier leagues he would dominate

    • TheFrenchOne says:

      really? how do you know he would dominate. he has played at all this season, and he looked less than impressive in his cameo for the USMNT this summer. crazy how that injury 2009 completely derailed his career

  8. nic d "the tx 2 stepper" says:

    I’m glad to know that he still has some suitors for his services. I will be HAPPIER when he is seeing 90 week in and week out. Maybe it’s his wages but I don’t get why Liege, Anderlect, Olympiacos, Lille, Braga or Galatasaray had not come in for him before this. They are clearly dark horse faves for the 2013 UCL. Picking up a guy with Continental experience, who when on his game is a BEAST in the air, is pretty important for making a deep run in the competition.

    Anyway, what do I know?

  9. betamale says:

    lol wut!?

  10. bryan says:

    awesome, good for Gooch. i hope it works out. was kind of hoping DC United could get him, but i would love to see him playing at Valencia.

  11. bodeguero says:

    I see Gooch as bottom tier MLS material. Sadly, La Liga just isn’t what it used to be. Below the top 2-3 teams, it tapers off wildly, and beyond 7-8, it’s not much better than the mid-tier leagues others have mentioned. The success of the national team and the resultant exodus of players coupled with the tanked economy has taken its toll on the league. The unemployment rate of the targeted demographic hovers around 50%! Even still, I don’t see him getting too much playing time week in, week out.

    • Micah King says:

      Stop hating bro. If Oneywu goes to the MLS he needs to be on a good team. Why would you put him on a low level MLS team.

    • Kingsly Alexander - Man Rey - Plotinus - Sankt Pauli! says:

      Bottom tier material. That’s the stupidest comment yet.

      And La Liga is still the strongest league in the world. They don’t always attract the best imports, but their academies are stronger then anyone else’s on the planet and La Liga teams will still cream English teams on any given day

    • Eurosnob says:

      What are you smoking? All 7 La Liga teams are still playing in the Europen competitions, the only other league that went 7 for 7 is BPL. Rayo Valecano, which is in the next to last spot in the table, had more possession than Barca, when they played each other. I am not saying that Rayo are world beaters, but you have to have pretty decent technical quality and tactical acmen to win the possession battle against Barcelona. La Liga ships out player every year, although last year we saw a greater number, but they come back strong and young talented players step in – just look at Real Madrid’s or Barcelona’s young crop playing important roles this season. Gooch is considered for depth purposes and as a big strong body to win areal battles in certain games.

    • Beto says:

      Id agree that Gooch is a better La Liga reserve than an MLS starter

  12. AC says:

    Another last chance for him in Europe…Hope it isn’t same story…Goes to a team, plays a game or 2 and then disappears down the pecking order…..

  13. DC Josh says:

    Man he has a good agent.

  14. dude says:

    I’d like to say, “great for Gooxh!” but all I can come up with is “Why?”

    • Beto says:

      +1 my comments too. Maybe he is still better than shown in the US camp.

    • af if u ask me/us says:

      6’5, 230 lb strong defenders are a rare minority in Spain

      • Ah says:

        An even rarersight is an oversized back who has no ability on the ball and can’t pass seeing any playing time.

    • GW says:

      First of all, its basically just a rumour.

      However, if it happens, you have to assume someone in Valencia thinks the man can still play.well enough to justify the minimal financial risk they would be taking.by signing him.

  15. af if u ask me/us says:

    vALENCIA- The Gooch Returns

  16. Josh D says:

    I’d have taken him at DCU. I imagine he takes a year at Valencia, hoping he can slip onto the plane to Brazil. Then he heads back to MLS. DCU have allocation right, Gooch has said he wants to play for DC – makes too much sense.

  17. Michael Stypulkoski says:

    Good for Gooch, hope it happens. Worst case scenario is he warms the bench at a big club while collecting a paycheck. Best case scenario, he finds his feet again, is able to be a contributor, maybe even works his way back into the NT picture. Either way, not much downside.

  18. Stantson says:

    May the flags of the Gooch be unfurled and bells ring across the countryside welcoming the Phoenix like reawakening of the defender of innocence. The Gooch has returned and our lives will never be the same again.

  19. Good Jeremy says:

    Good job joining a Champions League quality team. I’m sure this won’t be disastrous like the last five years of doing just that have been.

  20. a says:

    remember he has a Belgian passport which comes in handy greatly

  21. Joamiq says:

    What is Valencia’s CB situation like? Will he ever play?