List of Americans Abroad
Robles opts against MLS, signs with Kaiserslautern in Germany.
Hahnemann, Howard duel to draw in Premier League.
Reyna to leave England and join Red Bulls.
McBride scores, but Fulham loses lead, ties Leicester in FA Cup.
Onyewu trains with Standard while he awaits his fate.
Fulham acquires Dempsey, applies for work permit; Bocanegra, McBride help Cottagers draw Chelsea 2-2.
Hahnemann, Friedel record shutout victories in EPL.
West Ham, Fulham draw 0-0 in duel of U.S. players.
Friedel, Rovers win meeting of American goalkeepers.
Eyeing move to Spain or England, Onyewu rallies Standard to draw.
With Convey hurt, Reading reverses slide by winning pair.
Friedel is solid in net for Rovers, but Blackburn is sinking.
Friedel, Rovers have tough week, falling in Cup, league.
Nightmare grows for Lewis, Leeds United.
Friedel makes seven saves, but Rovers fall to Bolton 1-0.
Onyewu move to Marseille is completed, Standard says.
Marseille must wait as Onyewu mulls Magpies offer.
By Chris Courtney (in Brussels)
and Gary Davidson (in Washington, D.C.)
BRUSSELS (Sunday, January 28, 2007) -- European soccer's longest running drama continues.
The transfer of United States central defender Oguchi Onyewu from Belgium's Standard de Liège to Olympique Marseille of France was supposed to be completed today, but the weekend will end without a signed deal.
When Standard completed an approximate $4-million transfer agreement with Marseille Friday, it announced that the American would sign a contract with the Ligue 1 club over the weekend. Instead, the Sky Sports web site reported that there is still a possibility Onyewu could wind up at Newcastle United of the English Premier League.
Additionally, Het Nieuwsblad of Belgium reported Onyewu is considering offers from Marseille and Newcastle, while the Belgian web site Flanders News reported the 2006 U.S. Soccer Federation "Male Athlete of the Year" traveled to Newcastle over the weekend.
Newcastle's failure to get Argentine defender from Deportivo of Spain, as well as others, has left the club with a gap to fill in back. While Magpies manager Glenn Roeder admits frustration, he has discounted speculation of an Onyewu addition.
Onyewu, 24, who fielded inquiries from top teams in France, England, Spain and Italy, has expressed a desire to play in England. Over the summer, he was thought to be close to a move to the Premier League's Middlesbrough, but a deal never materialized. Earlier this month, Fulham offered a transfer fee of close to $2 million for Onyewu, but was spurned.
Just before the agreement with Marseille, two-time defending EPL champion Chelsea seemed to be close to landing Onyewu for $3.95 million. AC Milan and Lazio of Italy, Real Madrid of Spain, and Lyon of France were all identified as being interested to acquiring the 6-foot-4, 210-pound, bruising 2006 U.S. World Cup veteran.
All of this has left Standard general manager Pierre Francois exasperated. "Why does it continually drag on this way?" he asked Sky Sports. "Don't forget we sold Ivica Dragutinovic to Seville by fax just eight minutes before the window closed last time."
One way or another, the curtain comes down on this show -- considered by some a comedy -- Wednesday, at the latest, when the current transfer window closes.
Chris Courtney, SoccerTimes European correspondent, is an expatriate American living in Brussels. Gary Davidson is SoccerTimes publisher and managing editor.
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