Monday, January 29, 2007

Soccer New & Notes: 1/29/2007

This is alittle late, but work is actually getting in the way today.

Gooch loaned to Newcastle.
US International defender, Oguchi Onyewu was reportedly moving to French Lige 1 side, Marseille as of Friday, now appears to be moving to EPL side Newcastle. Instead of opting for a permanent move away from the Belgian Jupier League, Onyewu will be moving to Newcastle on loan for the rest of this season. Onyewu was in Newcastle today for his medical.

As this is just a loan move, I hope that leads to something bigger. Six months in the EPL will be good for Gooch, as he will still get to go up against some of the better sides in Europe. Newcastle will still face Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea in the league as well as a UEFA Cup clash with SV Zulte Waregem in the UEFA Cup. As Standard Liege were eliminated in the first round of the UEFA Cup, Onyewu should be cup tied and would not be eligible for the tie with SV Zulte Waregem.

I am hoping though that this either leads to a permanent move to Newcastle, or a move to a larger league and to a club that will provide him with some chance of Champions League matches next season. If this is just for six months and ends up not moving him up in the league structure in Europe, I really will not see the point.

DC United begins 2007 training.
DC United started their 2007 campaign today in sub freezing weather as they prepare for the CONCACAF Champions Cup and the MLS season. They will be spending the first week in DC, then head down to Florida for the next week of training.

Manchester United moves on in the FA Cup.
Behind two Wayne Rooney goals, Manchester United downed Portsmouth 2-1 in a very even match. United looked a little lackluster through most of the match, until Rooney was sent onto the pitch in the second half.

They will face their third EPL side in the FA Cup tournament, this time facing Reading. Their match either the 17th or 18th of February at Old Trafford.


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