Posts Tagged ‘Standard Liege’

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OMG JK! Onyewu Staying At Standard Liege. (Yeah Right, Pierre)

December 16, 2008

Despite all the “near done” rumors about Gooch’s move to France, Pierre Francois has THIS to say (in delicious broken/translated english):

“The director general director of Standard Liege, Pierre François said, about the situation of Oguchi Onyewu, considered a target of Marseille: “His contract expires in June next year and it will be difficult to extend, however the player will not leave in January. We know that we will be losing money, but right now the technical issue we want more than economic “

Yea right. Talk about an unsettled Oguchi. He’s been dreaming of moving on from Belgium ever since he tasted Newcastle (however bitter that might’ve been) and it would be criminal if he had to wait until summer. Or would it? Liege is enjoying a terrific run in the Uefa Cup and it’s only half a season…right? Plus since he’d be leaving on a free transfer he could sign wherever he wanted.

I still think that Gooch will move in January. Francois can say all he wants about money not being important, but at the end of the day, the difference between 4 million and zero is…well..4 million. And that’s a lot of dollar bills.

You think Francois is just playing the game to see if he can squeeze some more money out of potential offers? Or do you think he’s got the balls to deny Gooch his transfer request?

Chime in.

-psc

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Nous Voulons Onyewu!

December 16, 2008

Despite rumors that Paris St Germain was also in hot pursuit of The Gooch, it appears that Marseille has all but closed the deal. Sports Illustrated tells us:

Oguchi Onyewu’s move from Standard Liege to Olympique de Marseille could be just a matter of formalities.

According to French soccer news Web site Mercato365.com, the towering central defender has already agreed to a deal lasting 3½ years.

Now all that remains is for the two clubs to reach an agreement on the price, which is expected to be around $4 million.

I know that I would rather see Onyewu in the EPL, but I also would be sad to see him end up at a struggling club like Wigan or Blackburn (he just isn’t gonna end up at a strong English club right now).  In Ligue 1, Onyewu will go to a solid club that gets to play in Europe and I expect him to be a first team regular.  If he isn’t, it’ll be a nightmare.  This is a good move for him, as he’s familiar with the French league after spending time at Metz earlier in his career.

what do you think about Gooch seemingly locked in at Marseille? Happy? Think it’ll be a good fit?

–psc

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The Gooch Rockin’ The Mic

December 4, 2008

Onyewu showed up in today’s UEFA Cup match and scored the first goal of the game for Standard Liege.  Looks like the little American has some fire in him and wants to be taken seriously in this transfer window.  Hey, Marseille might have to pay 7 million to secure the big man. Jokes aside, a great showing from Gooch as Liege romped to a 3-0 victory over Sampdoria. You can check out the hightlights over at Yanks Abroad Highlights and see Gooch’s goal in clip number one.

My Thoughts: This is awesome for Onyewu and continued strong showings through December will up his value going into the transfer window.  Who knows, a few more goals and clean sheets and an EPL team might come calling.  Arsenal, you hear that? Replace Gallassssss…… har har.

You think Gooch’s stock has increased enough to garner some Premier League attention?

–psc

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Moves Being Made For Onyewu

December 2, 2008

Rumors Abound! It’s only December 2nd, but we can already smell the January transfer window and our first whiff comes courtesy of Oguchi Onyewu.  Seems like Marseille and Borussia Moenchengladbach are battling it out for the America centre back.  Goal.com tells us:

“The offer from Marseille is reportedly around $6.5 million U.S. with the added bonus of Argentine defender Renato Ceville heading to Liege.

While the offer from Marseille may be the to much for Liege to pass up with Onyewu slated to be out of contract at seasons end, another suitor has arisen. According to Belgiumsoccer.be, Borussia Monchengladbach is now offering Liege close to $4 million U.S. for Onyewu.”

Dear god, please don’t let Gooch go to BMG.  Seriously, If Gladbach gets relegated, the last thing any American wants is two USMNT starters playing for a Bundesliga 2 team.  Marseille would be a great place for Gooch to land and I think he would do very well in the French League.  6.5 million is a pretty hefty number for Onyewu and I don’t think Standard Liege will see a larger bid than that, so I’d be surprised if Gooch didn’t land at Marseille (That is, if the rumor is TRUE).

Another American with some buzz is Kenny Cooper, but more on that LATER.

–psc

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UEFA Cup Thursday: Gooch and Liege onward!

October 2, 2008

Gooch put in a strong 90 minutes as Liege advanced to the UEFA Group Stage at the expense of Tim Howard and the Toffees.  The American matched up very strongly against Louis Saha and Yakubu and fought through a nose bleed in the final minutes to secure his teams win.

My Thoughts: Great result for Onyewu who needs all the Euro games he can get if he plans to make a move in the January window.  Hopefully Liege can get a nice draw for the next Stage, and Gooch can continue to assert himself as a top centre back.  I think it’s a lock that we’ll see him back in the states on the 11th for Cuba, so I look forward to that as well!  Sad news for Tim Howard and Everton, but I don’t think the UEFA exit will affect Tim’s game or international stock that much.  The main problem at Everton is pretty clearly the defense, not goalkeeping.

In other UEFA news, Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes were eliminated after losing 1-0 today to Twente.  Carlos took up his familiar spot at left back for the French side and a 67th minute goal for FC Twente gave them the away goals advantage.  Not great for Carlos.

–psc

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Bocanegra Scores Winner for Rennes in UEFA Cup Action

September 18, 2008

RENNES 2 FC TWENTE 1

Before you watch the video over at Yanks Abroad Highlights, just take a guess how Bocanegra scored.  Actually, I don’t care if you guess. Carlos scored the matchwinner in the 50th minute off a header from a Rennes set piece. Typical stuff for the American International.  He went the full 90 as Rennes squeaked out a 2-1 victory. An all around strong performance from Carlos.  Poor Steve McClaren.

EVERTON 2 STANDARD 2

Oguchi went 90 minutes as well, as Liege scored two potentially crucial away goals to tie at Goodison Park.  Onyewu will be disappointed that his team could not do better defensively, but Liege played quite well in offense for a team who recently lost their star midfielder (Fellaini made a 15m move to Everton, but couldn’t play today since he was cup-tied).

Liege now head back to Belgium and only need a draw to advance.  Onyewu played well today dominating aerially as he normally does.  Tim Howard also saw a full match of action from between the posts, but will disappointed that a Yobo own goal will have made the difference between a tie and a win.  There seemed some miscommunication between the Everton defender and Timmy.  Everton have had a tough start to their 2008 campaign, but will look to set things right this weekend as they face Hull City.

More match highlights at Yanks Abroad Highlights.

Did you catch the matches? Any Thoughts?

–psc

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American’s in UEFA Cup Action

September 18, 2008

Just a quick update as UEFA action kicks off today.

Gooch gets back up on the European stage today, as Standard face Everton at Goodison Park.  Gooch has lined up in his familiar central defensive role as the Belgian side looks to get a win on the road.

Carlos Bocanegra and Rennes also are in UEFA action today, taking on McClaren’s FC Twente.  Bocanegra started the match playing outside left back, the position he started out playing back in his MLS days.

My Thoughts: A strong run of performanes in the UEFA Cup would only help to boost Onyewu’s foreign interest, so keeping clean sheet away from home will be foremost on the American’s mind.  Meanwhile, Bocanegra looks to help Rennes advance, but I don’t think he has much at stake in terms of European interest (sorry to say an undersized American center back isn’t that sought after).

–psc