ONYEWU TRIAL IMPRESSES RANGERS
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KENYA BROWN - Friday, July 8, 2016
Former US defender Oguchi Onyewu was without a team last season, but things could change this year as he is on an extended trial with Scottish side Glasgow Rangers.

Onyewu, 34, was on a tryout with the Light Blues during their 10-day visit to the United States. According to various reports, Rangers head coach Mark Warburton has been impressed with the towering center back and will discuss offering him a contract as the team looks to establish themselves in their return to the Scottish Premier League.

"He has done well. It's difficult for him to come into a group he doesn't know and make a mark or impression," said Rangers assistant coach David Weir to the Evening Times newspaper. "We all know he is an experienced player. We're having a look at him and he's having a look at us. It's a difficult situation but he has handled it really well and he has socialized really well."

"I think 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."

The Washington, DC native has been without a team since last playing for English side Charlton Athletic during the 2014-15 season. During this time he has been training with MLS side DC United to maintain his fitness.

Onyewu was a highly-rated defender early in his career as he went on to sign with French side Metz in 2002. He would then go on to sign with Standard Liege in Belgium where he established himself as one of the league's top defenders. He helped the team win league titles in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons.

After a loan move to Newcastle United, Onyewu made headlines as he signed with Italian side AC Milan, making him the first American to sign with famed team. However, a serious knee injury prevented him from establishing himself in the team and he as shipped out on loan to Dutch side FC Twente.

The Clemson alum would be on the move again in 2011 as he signed with Sporting Lisbon in Portugal. After a productive first season with the team he was loaned to Spanish side Malaga.

The past couple of seasons Onyewu has spent time in England playing for Queen's Park Rangers, Sheffield Wednesday and Charlton Athletic.

In 10 years playing for the US national team, Onyewu made 69 appearances and scored six goals.
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