DAVID SMITH - Monday, December 29, 2014
Veteran central defender Oguchi Onyewu was given a contract extension by Charlton Athletic, which will keep him at the club through the end of the current season.
The 32 year-old central defender joined the London-based club this Halloween on a two-month deal, and while only making two appearances in the meantime, has shown enough to convince the club to extend his stay for another five months.
"Defender Oguchi Onyewu has extended his contract with Charlton until June 1st, 2015," the club announced in a press release on Monday afternoon.
Onyewu was originally brought in as cover in the defense after the departure of fellow central defender Michael Morrison on an emergency loan to Birmingham. With Morrison's move set to become permanent upon the opening of the January transfer window on Thursday, Charlton decided to keep the two-time World Cup veteran at least through the end of the season.
While never challenging to take over a starting role in the defense, the former US Soccer Athlete of the Year has done exactly as the team needed, twice coming off the bench to help earn draws in league action.
Charlton is the seventh club for which the Washington DC native Onyewu has played for since joining Italian giants AC Milan in 2009, a time which has seen him also earn playing time for a diverse group of teams including Twente, Sporting, Malaga, Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield Wednesday.
With exactly half of the season played, Charlton are currently nine points off the division's playoff promotion group, and set to begin their run in the FA Cup in a few days against Brighton & Hove Albion.