The Gooch Watch: Onyewu Fights For Spot

Gooch on US duty last month...

I’m working on an interview and on some weekend stuff, but I thought I would flip this one out there courtesy of TSG contributor Connor Walsh and the AP:

Update: According to James Horncastle at the Guardian, “Early reports suggest Onyewu got up and grabbed Ibra by the throat” at which point the fight ensued.

The practice players tried to intervene, but practice was then suspended by Milan manager Max Allegri.


Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Oguchi Onyewu got in a little scuffle at the Milanello training complex as AC Milan prepares to play Bari this Sunday.

The pair had to be separated by team-mate. Apparently, Onyewu was at the backend of a hard tackle by Ibrahimovic.

Hey, at least we know Gooch is still training with Milan.

And apparently Pep Guardiola approves as well and sent Onyewu a thank you.

13 responses to this post.

  1. Awesome. Good to hear he’s back in training and has a lot of fight left in him.


  2. Posted by nelson on 2010/11/05 at 11:47 AM

    that’s sure to get you playing time. lol. poor gooch. hope he gets in a starting 11 soon.


    • Posted by AWolf on 2010/11/07 at 10:18 AM

      Slim and none that he will ever get into the 1st 11. The trade was for $$$ and prestiege, not a starting role.


      • Posted by johnapaz on 2010/11/08 at 3:31 PM

        Um, for the $$$?? Are you serious? Watch your mouth lest we forget that Gooch is playing for free this year my friend.


        • Posted by matthewsf on 2010/11/08 at 3:35 PM

          Actually Gooch is not paying for free this year. He tacked on an extra year on his deal to smooth his salary and make him more enviable for Milan to sell him it would appear.

          He also wasn’t traded but signed as a cheap substitution, because he had EU papers and probably for a little bit of US promotion.


  3. Posted by Russ on 2010/11/05 at 12:13 PM

    Not sure if I should be happy or worried.


  4. All I know is that if these two guys can’t get along, the one who will be leaving AC Milan won’t be the Swedish dude with the not-so-Swedish name.


  5. Posted by 4now on 2010/11/05 at 12:31 PM

    If this leads to a loan or a transfer, all the better.


    • Posted by Aaron on 2010/11/05 at 2:06 PM

      I’ve heard he’s way down on the depth chart. He doesn’t have a chance to make the starting 11 in Milan. I’m hoping for a loan or transfer to maybe even to a lesser Serie A team where he can get some playing time.


  6. Posted by Shane on 2010/11/05 at 2:38 PM

    Zlatan is a D*@K No secret there. Gooch needs to move on.. Milan is not the right fit.


  7. Posted by Dylan on 2010/11/05 at 9:35 PM

    He should’ve stomped on him. Gooch would destroy Ibra.


    • Posted by NoRdEcKe_83 (Shane) on 2010/11/05 at 9:56 PM

      Everyone is saying Ibra is a black belt and would’ve beat Gooch..

      I want him to join the Prem (EPL) and get some games..


  8. Posted by FulhamPete on 2010/11/06 at 2:38 PM

    Just me, but I think Gooch would tear Ibra’s heart out Temple of Doom style. The man is a beast.


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