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Former USMNT Defender Oguchi Onyewu Training With Revolution

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Could the 34-year-old center back be the answer to the Revs’ defensive woes?

USA Training & Press Conference - 2010 FIFA World Cup
Oguchi Onyewu last appeared for the U.S. Men’s National Team in 2014.
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The search for A.J. Soares’ replacement has taken a new turn.

According to Revolution Writer and Editor Jeff Lemieux, center back Oguchi Onyewu—a mainstay during the United States’ 2006 and 2010 World Cup cycles—is training with the Revolution ahead of Sunday’s showdown with the Colorado Rapids. Still in the playoff hunt, the Revs desperately need defensive support, having conceded more goals than any team in MLS this season (47) while accruing a league-worst -18 goal differential.

Still, the decision to kick the tires on Onyewu comes as a surprise. The strong, physical center back last played for British side Charlton Athletic in 2015. Following his release, Onyewu trialed with NYCFC and Rangers F.C., but persistent knee and Achillies injuries kept him from striking a deal.

On the surface, the Revs appear interested in the seasoned 6-foot-4 defender, though the notoriously harsh surface at Gillette Stadium makes the fit seem less-than-ideal.

The club has until the September 15 roster freeze to sign Onyewu.