We’ve got a bit of a “good luck, bad luck” thing going for former American international Oguchi Onyewu.
Onyewu, still holding out some hope for catching Jurgen Klinsmann’s eye ahead of this summer’s World Cup, scored big huge goal for his new club.
Just getting on the field is news for the big center back, who didn’t play a single minute for Queens Park Rangers before moving in the January window. His goal Saturday for 10-man Sheffield Wednesday (this was Onyewu’s second appearance for the club where U.S. Soccer hero John Harkes first made his European bones) helped put the club into the FA Cup’s fifth round in a 2-1 win over League Two Rochdale.
Clearly, that’s the good part.
The unfortunate part is the timing of what happened next. A big game from the club’s new January acquisition may have been a bigger talker around the club but for some news that dropped just after the match. The club officially named Stuart Gray head coach, giving him a two-and-a-half year deal. He had been named interim manager on Dec. 1.
Delph’s inclusion in the provisional 30-man roster was met with some criticism, as the Manchester City midfielder managed just eight Premier League starts this season and made only nine appearances off the bench.
This news will now boost the hopes of Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater and Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, who are also battling to make the final roster in the center of midfield.
In his press conference on Thursday, Hodgson stated that Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has not trained with the team yet, as his fitness will be closely monitored leading up to EURO 2016. Hodgson also confirmed that Manchester United’s 18-year-old Marcus Rashford will make his international debut against Australia.
7. United States — Hosting is a big deal, and Jurgen Klinsmann seems ready to take a more orthodox approach to his lineups. The Yanks will run more than a few teams ragged, depending on how the chips fall.
6. Uruguay — Navigating the absence of Luis Suarez, which could last the group stage or longer, knocks them down a peg.
5. Mexico — It’s another golden generation for El Tri, and it’s not far-fetched to imagine Mexico makes a run at everything.
4. Colombia — James Rodriguez goes back to being the focal point of an attack, and will remind us just how good he is while under the spotlight.
3. Chile — Repeating is hard, and Chile had a lot of home cooking good fortune in its hosted run to a first title.
2. Brazil — No the side won’t be fully loaded, but Dunga has shown he knows how to run a side with or without Neymar.
Argentina — This could be Lionel Messi’s year to lift hardware for club and country.
Ferdinand, 37, made 455 appearances for United in a 19-year career that included stops at West Ham, QPR, Bournemouth and Leeds.
He says Mourinho will be a motivated and dangerous boss when he takes control in place of fired manager Louis Van Gaal.
“After his recent unsuccessful time at Chelsea in the final year, I can assure you this winner is now a wounded animal which makes him such a mouthwatering appointment. Jose went from winning the League Cup & Premier League to a season of disappointment at Chelsea and I am certain he will want to restore all of that very quickly.”