Onyewu Signs Extension, US Training Camp Begins

USA soccer players stretch after a training session in Princeton, New Jersey

Onyewu Agrees to Interesting Contract Extension

Oguchi Onyewu signed a one-year contract extension with AC Milan today. His original deal will be extended through 2013 and, in a generous twist, Onyewu offered to play the final season without pay. The center back, who has been sidelined for 8 months, received his full salary for the duration of the 2009-2010 campaign.

It will be interesting to see if ‘Gooch’ stays at Milan following the World Cup, as he had received little playing time prior to his injury. This could be a PR move (for both sides) in anticipation of a summer transfer.

Onyewu has the quality to play for Milan, but the coach who brought him to the club, former Brazilian star Leonardo, will not be returning next season.

USA Holds First World Cup Practice

The USMNT’s first official World Cup practice was marked by visits to the trainer’s table. Tim Howard, Jay DeMerit, Chad Marshall, Carlos Bocanegra, and Eddie Johnson all spent their time trying to recuperate from recent injuries. While none of the injuries are long-term problems, Bocanegra and Johnson are carrying the most worrisome knocks. Johnson’s hamstring strain could limit his ability to compete for Charlie Davies’ vacated roster position, and with Onyewu’s uncertain fitness, Bocanegra’s abdominal strain will limit the time the defense has to grow accustomed to one another.

All five players will hope to be available for next Tuesday’s match against Czech Republic.

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