Oguchi Onyewu to Play For Free in 2012-2013

Oguchi Onyewu

In today’s sporting culture, many athletes are painted with the same brush – all about money, with little concern about loyalty or equality.

Then there’s Oguchi Onyewu.

The U.S. international, recovering from a patellar tendon injury he suffered in a World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica back in October, has added a year to his contract with AC Milan.

And he’s playing that year, 2012-2013, for free.

The club, as you might imagine, is quite happy.

“Onyewu, who has been out for virtually the whole season due to injury, but who at this time is getting ready to face the World Cup adventure in South Africa with his national team, has become a star today with a significant gesture from a personal and professional standpoint,” the club said.

“Onyewu has requested and obtained a contract extension. … With respect to that year, as was his wish, which has been appreciated by the club, Onyewu has asked not to receive any type of wages. This is an exemplary gesture that deserves our sincere congratulations.”

Onyewu, in Princeton with the rest of the national team in preparation for next month’s World Cup, has made a bold statement with this move.

One could argue that adding a year to a club relationship that has been a bit strained since his move from Standard Liege is a risky move.

One thing, however, is certain.

Onyewu doesn’t fit the normal athlete stereotype.

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7 Responses to Oguchi Onyewu to Play For Free in 2012-2013

  1. Someone says:

    How bout some proofing. the headline is that he’ll play for free next season but then the article says it’s the 2012-2013 season he’ll play for free….if he’s still there.

    • The Gaffer says:

      Someone, the story doesn’t mention anything about Onyewu playing for free next season, just 2012-2013.

      The Gaffer

  2. Football is good says:

    What the hell? This has to be a joke. Why would anyone play for free?

  3. CA says:

    “Please guys, just lemme stay around! You wont even have to pay me!”

  4. the story doesn’t mention anything about Onyewu playing for free next season

  5. Matthew N says:

    This is really odd. Why would he do this? I understand that it is a nice gesture since he hasn’t played at all for them, but that is part of the bargain when they offer you a contract. Either way, it is over with so props to Gooch for making a good gesture, hope you aren’t regretting it in 20 years.

  6. That’s a good gesture, for the love of the game.

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