has played on 11 clubs in seven countries in a pro career that began in 2002 when he left Clemson, but he has never until now played in MLS. Almost two years since playing his
last game for Charlton Athletic in England, Onyewu, 34, signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Union.
Onyewu has 69 caps for the USA and played at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups but
his career was never the same after a knee injury suffered in the final game of the 2009 Hexagonal. He won two Belgian league titles at Standard Liege and one Dutch Cup with Twente.
“Oguchi is a big, physical presence who brings experience and veteran professionalism, important traits that we believe will be an asset for our group of young defenders,” said
Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart
. “He provides excellent depth at the centerback position and we are pleased that we were able to add him to our squad.”
He played in France (Metz), Belgium (La Louviere and Standard), England (Newcastle, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton), Italy (AC Milan), the Netherlands (Twente), Portugal
(Sporting) and Spain (Malaga).