Former United States Men’s National Team defender Oguchi Onyewu has finally found a home, and it’s in Philadelphia.
Onyewu, who has trialed for several teams since he last played for Charlton Athletic in 2015, has been signed by the Philadelphia Union as a discovery signing, the team announced on Monday. Onyewu joins a Union team coming off of a strong 2016 that ended with a disappointing early playoff exit.
“Oguchi is a big, physical presence who brings experience and veteran professionalism, important traits that we believe will be an asset for our group of young defenders,” said Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart. “He provides excellent depth at the centerback position and we are pleased that we were able to add him to our squad.”
The former USMNT standout featured in 69 appearances for country, including joining the team for the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, and has over 350 career appearances for club and country combined, with time spent all over Europe.
Onyewu hasn’t played professionally since leaving Charlton Athletic in 2015, and has been frequently derailed from a comeback by injuries.