PRETORIA, South Africa -- Everybody loves Oguchi Onyewu. We love him because he is the very physical embodiment of everything we want our soccer to be: a big ol’ bad ass, one that doesn’t take crap from anyone.
The love affair started back in 2005, when he made Mexican striker Jared Borgetti his, uh, [insert bad word for female doggie here] in that Columbus qualifier against Mexico. We saw that "I'm a bad man!" stare-down of Borgetti, and that was it. We had a hero.
But, uh, there’s a little problem. And it’s a real noggin scratcher.
I just don’t think the big fellow is up for the job here in
But wait! There’s more! There’s a second part to this puzzler: at this point it’s probably too late, and there’s probably more danger in replacing Onyewu than in keeping him out there. You can read more about that here – but if you’re a Gooch fan, I warn you, it ain’t gonna be easy.