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Orlando City B names Oguchi Onyewu sporting director

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Orlando City B has hired Oguchi Onyewu as the team’s sporting director. 

League sources confirmed the hire to Pro Soccer USA. It was first reported by MLSSoccer.com 

Onyewu played in two World Cups for the U.S. men’s national team and spent time with Belgian First Division side Standard Liège. He also made appearances for Newcastle United, Sheffield Wednesday and Sporting CP before ending his playing career with the Philadelphia Union in 2017. 

Onyewu made 69 appearances for the U.S men’s national team from 2004 until 2014. 

Orlando City B will play in USL League One (formerly USL D3) in 2019. Last month, the team announced its first two signings, both players from Orlando City’s development academy. 

Onyewu will report directly to OCB GM Mike Potempa and “will oversee daily technical operations and compliance, manage player relations and support recruitment efforts.”

“We are delighted to directly involve someone of Oguchi’s stature into our next generation youth movement,” OCB General Manager Mike Potempa said in a statement.  

“Onyewu has played a vital role within the soccer community in the United States for the past 15 years, both at the club and country level. The experience and immediate professionalism Oguchi will bring to our project are essential traits we believe will only enhance the culture of our team in 2019 and beyond.”

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