As previously mentioned by my colleagues here at Blue Duck Sports, we had the privilege of watching some world class futbol this past weekend. I’m fully aware this is just a preseason tuneup for the squads, but none the less it is a drastic step up from the level of play you’d catch in any MLS match… well, for the most part.
Much to my dismay I was forced to sit through a painful 64 minutes of watching #14 stumble around the backfield. I realize I’m in the vast minority of those who believe Gooch is a pathetic excuse for a defender. However I am also the first to realize that it is the typical American ego that is clouting the judgment of most.
The only reason Americans believe this guy has any talent is because he is AMERICAN. The USA has had no success on a club level in Europe and as Americans we are constantly looking to show we are the best. It’s that kind of pigheadedness that causes every other country to hate us. Gooch will give them yet another reason to hate us. His complete ineptitude on the soccer field.
Onyewu does not look like he should be on the field. I have never seen a more goofy or awkward looking player on the field. He should be directing traffic on a city street with his 7 foot wing span, not embarrassing himself and his country on a soccer field. The first thought that immediately comes to mind to illustrate this point perfectly:
USA vs Italy in the confederations cup. The 2nd goal the Italians scored was a low shot to the right side of the goal. The shot was not by any means a scorcher, however, Onyewu went out of his way to try and clear the ball with his right foot when his left foot could have easily poked it away. In the process his gangly body obstructed Howard from making the easy save, and when Gooch inevitably whiffed at the ball, it scooted into the corner of the net. Quality play.
Now back to the friendly between AC Milan and Inter Milan. Onyewu once again looked completely lost on the playing field. The first goal was Diego Milito pulling the simplest of cut back moves on the goofy Gooch. Milito literally sold Gooch that he was going to just dribble the ball in the opposite direction of where he wanted to shoot, and immediately he cut the ball back and walked in for an open shot from the corner of the 6 yard box for the first goal of the game. It was another absolutely pathetic display from Onyewu and most likely caused every AC Milan fan to hope their is some kind of return policy on garbage American players.
This guy is an embarrassment to US soccer both on the international level and now on a club level. I have a feeling the Rossoneri will be calling for Gooch’s head on a platter before the end of the season. He will single-handedly destroy any progress the US national team had made towards improving how other countries view our soccer ability. That will not be his only legacy however, he will have the privilege of attempting to quell the Milan fans who are already restless over the sale of Kaka to Real Madrid. He signed only one day after outraged fans held a demonstration at a Milan training session berating the administration for trading one of the greatest players in the world.
Something tells me those are cleats that Onyewu won’t be able to fill…Even with his 6 foot 4 in 210 pound completely un-athletic body.