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Sportrait: Oguchi Onyewu


Oguchi Onyewu is a defender for AC Milan, but he'll be playing for America in the upcoming World Cup.

Writes GQ: "Onyewu, who goes by Gooch, spent a lot of this season sidelined by a nasty knee injury, but he worked his way back to train with such superstar teammates as David Beckham and Ronaldinho—and the locker room doesn't have him feeling starstruck. "I've earned a spot in that world just as much as they as have," he says. Translation: He's primed to kick some ass in South Africa. In the first round, the U.S. Men's National Team faces Slovenia, Algeria, and England—and Gooch sees all three as a threat. "Slovenia beat Russia to make it, and Algeria beat Egypt," he says. 'And those are serious teams.' But of course, everyone's hyped up for the opening match: the Americans versus the Brits. Won't Gooch talk just a little trash about Beckham's home country? 'Nah,' he says. 'I think I'll stay away from that.' Smart move."

One more shot, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Gooooooooch!!!

    This is the guy that's going to take out Wayne Rooney in the U.S. vs. England match.

    (Thanks for covering American soccer players!)

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 1, 2010 9:35:14 AM

  2. He's packin'!!!!!!

    Posted by: Jackson | Jun 1, 2010 12:07:36 PM

  3. Gooooooooch!!!!

    I was worried that Gooch's inclusion on the team was a mistake after watching his performance against Czech Republic... but the guy was back in old form against Turkey... so I'm glad I was wrong. If he can be absolutely match-fit by June 12, he's gonna give Rooney & Co. a run for their money!

    I'm with Crispy, Andy... thanks for getting in the World Cup spirit.

    Posted by: TommyOC | Jun 1, 2010 12:39:08 PM

  4. Totally agree. USA USA!!!

    Posted by: Glynn Beck | Jun 1, 2010 1:48:46 PM

  5. Hot

    Posted by: Cory | Jun 1, 2010 2:17:12 PM

  6. wow a man of color on Towleroad treated as beefcake instead of the victim or perpetrator of a crime! woot!

    Posted by: Astro | Jun 1, 2010 3:38:41 PM

  7. yum

    Posted by: sal | Jun 2, 2010 8:41:51 PM

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