Morning Ticker: Onyewu extends AC Milan deal, Ballack ruled out and more

Morning Ticker: Onyewu extends AC Milan deal, Ballack ruled out and more

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Morning Ticker: Onyewu extends AC Milan deal, Ballack ruled out and more

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Oguchi Onyewu 4 (Reuters)

By FRANCO PANIZO

Oguchi Onyewu's first season at AC Milan wasn't the one he had hoped for, but that hasn't stopped the U.S. international from extending his stay with the club.

Onyewu has extended his deal with Milan by one year, meaning he is under contract with the club until June 2013. The most intriguing part of the extension is that Onyewu has requested not to be paid during that final year, a decision impacted by the knee injury that sidelined him for much of this season.

The news of Onyewu's extension comes on the day that the U.S. national team's pre-World Cup camp is set to begin. Onyewu, who has not played a match since Oct. 14 of last year, is one of nine defenders hoping to make the team.

Here are some more stories from Monday:

Ballack to miss World Cup

Michael Ballack's World Cup dreams are over. 

Having suffered an ankle injury in Chelsea's 1-0 FA Cup final win over Portsmouth on Saturday, Ballack has been ruled out of playing in his third World Cup. The knock will sideline Ballack for eight weeks, leaving Germany without its captain and midfield ace this summer.

Toronto FC's Zachary Herold retires

Toronto FC and U-17 U.S. national team defender Zachary Herold has been forced to retire from professional soccer due to a health condition. Herold suffers from Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) – which causes abnormal thickening of a part of the heart muscle and could lead to a potentially fatal heart rhythm – and it was detected during medicals administered in pre-season. Herold has since been consulted by several experts in the U.S. and Canada, and the safest route for him was to retire.

Toronto's second round pick in this year's MLS SuperDraft, Herold will be honored in a ceremonial coin toss in Toronto FC's match against the New England Revolution on May 22.

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What do you think of Onyewu extending his stay with AC Milan for free? Upset to hear Ballack is out of the World Cup? Disappointed by Herold's retirement?

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