USMNT defender Oguchi Onyewu didn’t have enough playing time with the Queens Park Rangers and with the World Cup approaching quickly, the center-back decided to move elsewhere looking to get his career back on track.
The former AC Milan defender has decided to join Championship outfit Sheffield Wednesday FC through the end of the season. Onyewu will have a clearer path to get playing time in the Championship since he has enough quality to thrive in a England’s second-tier league. He also has a lot of experience playing at the international level, having featured for sides like Sporting Lisbon and FC Twente aside from the Serie A team.
The absence of Roger Johnson, who was recently sent out on loan, can also increase Onyewu’s chances to play for Sheffield. The team needs a lot of defensive help, so expect Oguchi to feature quite often at Hillsborough. An FA Cup third-round matchup against Macclesfield Town and a fixture against Burnley are the two upcoming contests for the team, and Onyewu is expected to be ready to take the field as soon as next week in the Cup fixture.
It’s definitively a good move for Onyewu as he needs more playing time, and Sheffield Wednesday seems to be the perfect place to get it. The USMNT also needs his experience at the back four and if he thrives at the English Championship, he will be in great shape to represent the States at the upcoming 2014 World Cup.