Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Onyewu Set For Milan Debut Against Club America
AP, July 22nd, 2009 4PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Oguchi Onyewu, the first U.S.-born player to sign with prestigious Italian club AC Milan, will get his first chance to prove he belongs at the highest level when AC Milan plays Mexico's Club America in a friendly at the Georgia Dome on Wednesday (TV: ESPN2, 7 pm ET). "Obviously in sports, there's no guarantees,'' Onyewu said. "I'm certainly under the impression that I'll have to play for my spot. I'm still trying to figure out what I need to do because we have a number of great defenders on the squad, and this is the first day that I actually got involved with the team.''

Onyweu signed a three-year deal with Milan earlier this month, but the Italian club had been tracking Onyewu since he emerged with Belgium's Standard Liege in 2004. Despite an unsuccessful 11-game tenure with Newcastle, where he often failed to keep up with the fast pace in the English Premier League, Onyewu returned to Belgium for the 2007-2008 season and helped Standard Liege win two consecutive Belgian league titles.

AC Milan organizing director Umberto Gandini, who has hired Brazilian Leonardo as head coach, hopes Onyewu can be the central piece in a rebuilding job for the long-respected team. Captain Paolo Maldini retired when last season ended, and the exit of playmaker Kaka to Real Madrid devastated Milan fans. Gandini replaced coach Carlo Ancelotti, who signed with Chelsea, after Milan finished third last season in the Serie A. The team also announced that Massimo Ambrosini will replace Maldini as captain. "We are in a new period,'' Gandini said. "Therefore we are in a situation with our new coach, Leonardo, to help with ideas and new motivations to develop a new era. We are very proud of our history. We are very confident of our present and working toward the future."

 

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Ozil on the Defensive    
In an interview with German news outlet FAZ, Arsenal's much-maligned playmaker Mesut Ozil defended his record ...
LVG: We Threw Away Three Points     
Louis van Gaal said that Manchester United threw three points away as Leicester City twice rallied ...
Messi Closes in on 400 Career Goals     
After scoring the last of Barcelona's five goals against Levante on Sunday, Lionel Messi moved to ...
Bayern Looking Up at Paderborn    
Just four games into the Bundesliga season and Bayern Munich finds itself in the unfamiliar position ...
PSG Continues Slow Start     
For the third game in a row, struggling French champ Paris Saint-Germain drew 1-1 after taking ...
Inzaghi Responds to Milan President's Criticism     
Milan President Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday fired a thinly veiled criticism at Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi ...
Mourinho: Lampard 'Love Story' Over at Chelsea     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho proclaimed that the "love story" between his Blues and current Manchester City ...
Nigerian U-20 star Dike hopes more Cowgirl goals will come    
Goals by Courtney Dike helped Nigeria reach the final of the Under-20 Women's World Cup in ...
Inzaghi: Milan Has Nothing to Lose Against Juve     
AC Milan on Saturday hosts Juventus in an early-season top-of-the-standings clash of Italian heavyweights. While Milan ...
London Wins Semis and Final of Euro 2020    
UEFA on Friday awarded Wembley Stadium in London as the venue for the semifinals and final ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives