U.S. men’s national team defender Oguchi Onyewu has failed to find regular playing time ever since joining AC Milan a year and a half ago.
A torn patellar tendon cut short his first season with the Italian club, but a year later he has failed to make a single appearance.
However, it looks like Onyewu’s quest for playing time could finally be ending. The Washington Post is reporting that Onyewu is close to finalizing a loan deal to defending Dutch champion FC Twente.
If he makes the move, Onyewu would be reunited with FC Twente manager Michel Preud’homme, who was Onyewu’s manager at Belgian champion Standard Liege for two season (2006-2008).
Onyewu joined AC Milan on a free transfer from Standard Liege in the summer of 2009, after impressing in the Confederations Cup. He struggled for playing time early on before suffering a knee injury while on U.S. men’s national team duty in October of 2009.
He recovered from the injury in time to take part in the 2010 World Cup, but played in two matches before being benched for the U.S. team’s final two matches.
Onyewu has not seen any playing time for AC Milan this season and doesn't look to figure in the plans of manager Massimiliano Allegri.
FC Twente is currently in second place in the Dutch Eredivise, four points behind PSV Eindhoven with a match in hand. FC Twente is currently on winter break and returns to league action on Jan. 19th against Heracles.
FC Twente is also competing in Europa League, where the club is matched up against Russian side Rubin Kazan in the Round of 32.
Ives Galarcep is a senior writer for FoxSoccer.com covering the U.S. national team and Major League Soccer.