MICHAEL ADUBATO - Monday, June 29, 2009
With the departure of Oguchi Onyewu from Standard Liege, American Nick Gkionis will join the city's other team, Royal Liege, on a one year contract.

The former first team All-American from NCAA Division III Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey is set to fly into Belgium today and put pen to paper for the second division team.

"I am planning on signing once I arrive there on Monday," the New Jersey native told YA.

Gkionis, who was on the books of Royal Racing Montegnée of the Provincial League in Belgium last season, is optimistic about the short move.

"It feels great to sign a contract especially with Royal Liege because it is a historic club with a lot of support."

"I like the area of Liege so I am happy that it won't be a big change of scenery as Royal Liege is right down the street from my old club."

The 24-year-old becomes the first American to play for Royal Liege and is also the first player to move within the country to a professional team from the Montegnée academy since its inception last July.

"I'm now looking forward to pre-season to get to know everyone and become part of the team. I have met most of the guys when I was there on trial but that was just for a week or so."

The American is optimistic about his future as well as that of the second division team.

"I think anything is possible so the club's goal is obviously to win promotion."
Friday September 18, 2009 10:42 am
Great to see a kid that went to a D3 college succeed more then the stuck up D1 college players that turned him down. GOOD FOR YOU!!!
Thursday July 2, 2009 4:22 pm
HEY NICO! WAY TO GO... looks like i might have to make a trip to belgium...
Ed C.
Tuesday June 30, 2009 4:25 am
If the guy shines in the first half of the season, come January he could find himself playing in the Jupiler League!
Monday June 29, 2009 9:01 am
Welcome to you Nick !
Rfcl 1892
Monday June 29, 2009 8:46 am
Official site of the new club by Nick:


Monday June 29, 2009 8:40 am
Next European football for a long time my advice to CNN to broadcast matches of the legendary Belgian club, and I also know that McDonald's is frequented by a lot of support from this wonderful and brave RFC LIEGE. Good choice Nick!
Monday June 29, 2009 8:22 am
come on Nick!

ps: one stadium for RFC Liège please! Help mister Obama.
Monday June 29, 2009 8:19 am
one stadium for RFC Liège! Please mister Obama, the sponsors it's show boulettes
Monday June 29, 2009 8:15 am
è con'feye po nin l'rouvi : « Allons Lidje !

Best team in the world , please one stadium mister obama

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