Gooch is back!
Oguchi Onyewu is back in professional soccer and is about to find a new team according to the Express. The UK newspaper is reporting that the former American International is very close to joining newly-promoted Scottish Premier League side Rangers.
The former Standard Liège defender was last with Charlton Athletic in 2015, making only three league appearances with the club. Since then he has trained at D.C. United and New York City FC, but was unable to win a contract with either club.
Onyewu, who has won 69 caps with the U.S. men's national team, the most recent being in 2014, has been with a litany of club team's over the course of his career. In addition to once breaking Zlatan Ibrahimovic's ribs in a fight while at AC Milan, Onyewu's frequent changes in team's can often be attributed to his reoccurring injuries, leading to a lack of consistent minutes and form. Of the 11 clubs he played for in his career, Onyewu only featured in more than 20 leagues games for two of the teams.
The report states that the club will not make a final decision until the end of the week, but that Onyewu is "set to win a Rangers deal after impressing on trial".
Gers assistant manager David Weir told the Express, "There is a chance he will win a contract. We wouldn't have invited him here if we didn't think he had a chance. We've got until the end of the week to make our minds up."
Weir added on that, "He has done well. It's difficult for him to come into a group he doesn't know and make an impression... He still wants to play and contribute. He wants a challenge that excites him. He has options in the USA and he wants to have options in Europe too."
Though it doesn't appear to be set in stone, it appears very likely that Gooch is back in professional soccer.