Oguchi Onyewu signs with the Philadelphia Union

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by JACK HAZZARD

After several trials across the United States, Oguchi Onyewu has finally found a new home.

The Philadelphia Union have announced the signing of former United States Men’s International Team defender Oguchi Onyewu as a Discovery Signing. The 34-year-old Maryland native has been without a club for about three years now but looks to be reigniting his career in Major League Soccer.

“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 center back position and we are pleased that we were able to add him to our squad.”

Over the past couple of years, Onyewu has trained with the New York Cosmos, NYCFC, and Rangers FC to remain in shape; however, none of these stints led to contracts.

Onyewu, 34, was a fixture for the U.S. National Team, earning 69 caps and six goals. He was also the anchor of the 2006 and 2010 USMNT World Cup teams. He signed his first pro contract with Metz in France in 2002 before moving on to Standard Liege, Newcastle United, AC Milan, FC Twente, Sporting CP, Malaga, Queens Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic.