On 13 May 1982, former US international center back Oguchi “Gooch” Onyewu was born in Washington, DC.
Onyewu played for years at Clemson University (2000-01), then signed with French side Metz in 2002. He made only three appearances for Metz, however, before moving to Belgian club La Louvière on loan. In 2004, he moved again, signing with Standard Liège. He flourished there, twice being named to the Belgian league’s Best XI and winning the Foreign Player of the Year in 2005. He won back-to-back league titles with Standard in 2008 and 2009 before making a shock move to AC Milan for the 2009-10 season.
A knee injury forced him to miss the entire Serie A season, however, and in 2011 Milan sent him on loan to defending Eredivisie champions FC Twente, followed by spells in Portugal, Spain, and England.
Onyewu made a total of 69 appearances for the United States between 2004 and 2014, winning the 2005 and 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cups.