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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

DC Area Native Named USSF Male Athlete of the Year

Today, Oguchi Onyewu was named US Soccer's Male Athlete of the Year. He becomes the first defender to win this prestigious honor since Alexi Lalas in 1995.

"Gooch" is a native of the Washington, DC area, and graduated from Sherwood High School in Olney, MD. He played two years at Sherwood, and then attended the US Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. He attended Clemson University for a few years, and then took the leap across the pond to compete in the French First Division with FC Metz. He later was transferred to his current side of Standard Liege in the Jupiler League of Belgium. He has established himself as one of our best talents, and was one of the few shining lights for Team USA during the World Cup in Germany. As of this date, he has 17 international appearances, along with one goal, for the US Mens National Team.

According to his club coach, Michel Preud'homme, Onyewu most likely will leave during the January transfer window. Several big clubs have expressed interest, and we will learn shortly where he ends up. Hopefully with a high-profile team that will set the standard for future American players. Unlike Freddy Adu, I doubt that much publicity will surround this event. Which would be a disservice to Gooch and US Soccer. In the potential case, as I have read, that Mr. Onyewu may become the first Yank to don the famous white shirt of Real Madrid.

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