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Onyewu nets header in 90th minute for 1-0 win over Uruguay; Mexico is quarterfinal opponent.

New Zealand is next after Onyewu’s two goals spark 4-0 rout of El Salvador.

  DEFENDER
Oguchi Onyewu
Height: 6-2.
Weight: 180.
Born: May 13, 1982.
Hometown: Olney, MD.
School/Club: F.C. Potomac.

National Team: Made his international debut with the U.S. Under-17 National Team on February 14, 1998 against Guatemala ... U-17: USA's leading goal scorer, three goals, in the home-and-away playoff series with El Salvador for the final CONCACAF slot in the '99 FIFA U-17 World Chamionship ... Scored his first international goal of '99 off a corner-kick against El Salvador on May 9 in San Salvador, El Salvador ... Earned his way into the starting line at the '99 CONCACAF Qualifying Tournament, playing in all three matches and starting the last two ... Scored his first international goal on Dec. 10, 1998 against the Solomon Islands in New Zealand ... High School: Two year varsity starter at Sherwood High School earning all-league, all-county, all-state, all-south and all-metro honors his sophomore year ... 1998 NSCAA Youth All-American selection ... Personal: One of the quietest guys on the U-17 team, Oguchi means "God fights for me" ... Father, Peter, played soccer in Nigeria before moving to the States and attending Howard University ... Has two brothers (Uche and Nonye) and two sisters (Chi-Chi and Ogechi) ... ... Won State Cup with club team F.C. Potomac in '98

(1) Most memorable soccer moment? Almost scoring on a bicycle kick off a corner in overtime
(2) Person you admire the most? My dad
(3) Aspirations in soccer? To play professionally in Europe, the World Cup and to be a lawyer
(4) Strongest trait? Patience and determination