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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Oguchi Onyewu Signs with Sporting Clube de Portugal

Argentina's Lionel Messi against Oguchi Onyewu of USA during a International Friendly match at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey  March 26, 2011.
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Oguchi Onyewu
in action against Lionel Messi during a
March 2011 friendly in New Jersey.

Oguchi "Gooch" Onyewu
continued his European journey and signed yesterday with Sporting Clube de Portugal. The Silver Spring, Maryland native completed a free transfer from AC Milan after a loan last season with FC Twente.

Comments by Onyewu at his presentation news conference:
“Em todas as equipas que representei dei 200 por cento e no Sporting farei o mesmo.”
"I have given 200 percent for all of the teams that I've represented and I will do the same for Sporting."
“Estou num grande Clube e qualquer jogador que tenha a possibilidade de representar o Sporting é um privilegiado. Quero ajudar a equipa a vencer o campeonato.” Oguchi Onyewu mostrou conhecer o futebol português, salientando: “É um futebol conhecido em todo o Mundo. Joguei com Jorge Costa e Sérgio Conceição no Standard Liége e eram grandes jogadores.”
"I'm in a great side and any player that has the possibility to represent Sporting is a privilege. I want to help the team win the championship." Oguchi Onyewu demonstrated that he was acquainted with Portuguese football, adding: "It's a football known all over the world. I played with Jorge Costa and Sergio Conceicao at Standard Liege and they were great players."
Carlos Freitas, director do futebol, fez a apresentação do jogador, realçando: “Estivemos para trabalhar duas vezes juntos e à terceira consumou-se. Oguchi vai encaixar-se no espírito e está habituado ao sucesso e à pressão de representar um grande Clube.” O director esclareceu dizendo que o contrato tem a duração de três anos e que não houve contrapartidas para o Milão: “Existem muito boas relações entre o Milão e o Sporting e por isso não foi difícil chegar a um entendimento.”
Carlos Freitas, director of football, made an appearance with the player, emphasizing, "We were working two times together and it was completed on the third try. Oguchi will fit into our spirit and is accustomed to success and the pressure to represent a great club."

The director clarified saying that Onyewu's contract will be for three years and there was no quid pro quo with
Milan. "Very good relations exist between Milan and Sporting and for this reason it wasn't difficult to arrive at an understanding."
Source: Sporting Clube de Portugal.

World Football Challenge

Oguchi will return to North America on 23 July 2011 with Sporting to face Juventus FC at BMO Field in Toronto, Canada as part of the 2011 World Football Challenge.

Best wishes to Oguchi with his new endeavor in Portugal.

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