Tuesday, January 11, 2011
FC Twente have confirmed a loan agreement for American defender Oguchi Onyewu who joins the reigning Dutch champions from AC Milan until the end of the season.
In the past 18 months with the Serie A club, Onyewu has featured just once for the Rossoneri, a Champions League defeat at home in the fall of 2009 versus FC Zurich.
The towering defender then ruptured his patellar tendon on October 14, 2009 in the US' final World Cup qualifying match in Washington D.C. versus Costa Rica.
The injury forced Onyewu to miss the rest of the Serie A season however he did make Bob Bradley's 23 man roster for the 2010 World Cup and played the first two matches versus England and Slovenia.
Since returning to Milan for the 2010-2011 season, Onyewu has been a forgotten man falling way down on the defensive depth chart and only garnering headlines when he engaged in a training match scuffle with star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich.
The move to Twente will reunite Onyewu with his former coach at Standard Liege Michel Preud'homme who guided Standard to the 2008-2009 Belgian title with a squad that starred Onyewu.
"The deal is confirmed," told Twente Director of Communications Richard Peters to YA. "[Onyewu] will come till the end of the season on loan."
Onyewu will hope to make his debut when Twente returns to Eredivisie action on January 19th versus Heracles.