The free agent centerback continues his journey through Europe by returning to England to sign with Queens Park Rangers, currently in 2nd place in the 2nd-tier Football League Championship. Onyewu previously spent a half-season loan spell with Newcastle United back in 2007 (as a Newcastle fan, it was exciting to have an American international join the club. His play was less excitng, although he wasn’t all to blame).
“QPR are a club with huge ambitions to return to the Premier League and I wanted to be part of it.
“I had a really good feeling about QPR from the moment I arrived here. I’ve been welcomed by the club and I feel good here already.
I’ve already integrated well into the group, so I’m looking forward to what will hopefully be a very successful and happy time here.”
Onyewu has never been the same since he tore his ACL in the last hex match of the 2009 cycle, making just 27 league appearances. He has certainly had some interesting travels in those four years, playing for clubs in Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and now England (in addition to early spells in Belgium, France, and that first England stint), basically hitting up most of the key countries that were featured in the Bourne movies.
He’ll never rediscover his 2009 Spain upset form and is a longshot at best to make the World Cup roster next summer, but it should be another nice payday, he gets to live in London, and it delays the inevitable DC United designated player contract.