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Healthy Reyna sparks Manchester City to exhibition victory.

Russell signs to be second American at Denmark's Viborg FF.

Arena is hired by Red Bulls to revive flagging fortunes.

Whitbread signs two-year contract with Millwall.

West Ham acquires Spector from Man. U. on $926,000 transfer.

Promotion accomplished, Berhalter surprises with move to 1860 München.

Promotion accomplished, Berhalter surprises with move to 1860 München.

DeMerit goal sparks Watford past Leeds 3-0 to join Premier League.

DeMerit, Lewis meet with life in Premier League at stake.

McBride voted Fulham's best player; Convey, Hahnemann rated best at their positions.

Stewart returns to NAC Breda to become technical director.

Berhalter, Cottbus clinch promotion with 3-1 win over München.

Everton gains Howard, making loan deal with Manchester United.

DeMerit stands out; Watford advances to promotion final.

Americans Abroad

Onyewu, staying at Standard, misses first two games with ankle injury.

Oguchi Onyewu
Oguchi Onyewu, having missed two matches, is expected to be out two more weeks with a sprained ankle. .
-- Standard de Liège web site photo --
By Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)
SoccerTimes

(Friday, August 4, 2006) -- United States defender Oguchi Onyewu will apparently stay at Standard de Liège, despite an offer to move to Middlesbrough and reported approaches by at least two other English Premier League clubs.

Meanwhile, Onyewu missed his second straight match to open the Jupiler League because of an ankle injury suffered during a preseason exhibition match.

Onyewu left the U.S. camp in Hamburg, Germany, for one day June 12, four days prior to the Americans' World Cup opener against the Czech Republic, to visit Middlesbrough. Among his activities, he met new manager Gareth Southgate.

Onyewu, 24, who is under contract with Standard for this season and next, was made an offer by Boro, but could not come to an agreement on terms.

"I had a nice offer from them (Middlesbrough). I spoke with the coaches and there was an immediate click," "Gooch" told the media. "The financial picture was good too, but I did not want to sign there. A few details in the contract kept me from signing. I have made the decision to stay here at least until the winter break."

The Sports Illustrated web site reported that Standard asked for a $4.5 million transfer fee. Meanwhile, England's Sun newspaper wrote that Fulham offered $4.77 million, while another Premiership team, West Bromwich Albion was believed to have inquired about the American's availability.

Onyewu, who sprained an ankle early during a July 19 preseason test against France' Metz, his former employeer, could be out for another two weeks, which would mean he would miss Wednesday's European Champions League third-round home game with Romania's Steaua Bucuresti.

Standard (19-7-8, 65 points), which finished second in the Jupiler League last season, five points behind Anderlecht, is 0-2 to begin the 2006-07 schedule following today's 2-1 setback at Charleroi. On Sunday, Liège dropped a 2-1 road decision to Lokeren.

Elsewhere, Fulham felt compelled to issue a statement on its web site denying it was courting suitors for U.S. striker Brian McBride, Onyewu's World Cup teammate.

"The Club would like to make it clear that no offer for Brian has been accepted and that he is very much part of (manager) Chris Coleman's plans for next season," the statement read.

Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.

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