Former Clemson standout signs with MLS


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Onyewu played for the US team (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)
Onyewu played for the US team (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

MLS announced that the Philadelphia Union have signed former Clemson soccer player and U.S. international Oguchi Onyewu on Monday.

Onyewu discussed his decision to come back and play in America on his Instagram account.

"Time reveals all, and trusting in God's plan for my life and career has allowed me to keep focus and faith in my goals and dreams," Onyewu posted. "I can't express the feeling of joy I have as I embark on my new journey with the Philadelphia Union and my first time playing in America. I am beyond motivated and excited for the future ahead. Words can't express my appreciation to my wonderful family and friends who have aided me in keeping my focus and pushing me to keep working and trust that everything always works out in the end. And a big thanks to the Union for allowing me the opportunity to continue playing the most beautiful sport on this planet."

The Philadelphia Union are excited to bring in the veteran defender to their team.

“Oguchi is a big, physical presence who brings experience and veteran professionalism, important traits that we believe will be an asset for our group of young defenders,” Philadelphia Union sporting director Earnie Stewart said in a press release. “He provides excellent depth at the centerback position and we are pleased that we were able to add him to our squad.”

The experienced 34-year old's previous team was Charlton Athletic in 2015 and he has had played throughout Europe at Standard Liege, Newcastle United, AC Milan, Metz, La Louiviere, Twente, Sporting CP, Malaga, Queens Park Rangers, and Sheffield.

He played at Clemson for two years before starting his pro career.

This picture speaks a thousand words! Time reveals all, and trusting in God's plan for my life and career has allowed me to keep focus and faith in my goals and dreams. I can't express the feeling of joy I have as I embark on my new journey with the Philadelphia Union  @philaunion and my first time playing in America. I am beyond motivated and excited for the future ahead. Words can't express my appreciation to my wonderful family and friends who have aided me in keeping my focus and pushing me to keep working and trust that everything always works out in the end. And a big thanks to the Union for allowing me the opportunity to continue playing the most beautiful sport on this planet...#Live #Love #Laugh #Learn #Philaunion #NextChapter #5 #Family #Friends

A photo posted by Oguchi Onyewu (@oguchionyewu5) on


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