Wednesday, February 01, 2012

American Player Rankings: Oguchi Onyewu moves back into the top group

Oguchi Onyewu will back in the top 10 in the rankings this week. The big defender notched a brace over the weekend with two towering headers. The goals were a reminder that Onyewu can be a very real threat in the air when he's at his best, and of just how much he's been missing that part of his game recently. There's plenty of reason to be optimistic about Onyewu's return to form over the last five or six months. He has been playing regularly at a high level in Portugal and seems to be as good on the ground as he's ever been. The question remaining was whether or not Onyewu could still be a dominant aerial threat. If these two goals were any indication, that question could already be answered. His move back in, combined with some slow starts to the year, will see some major movement at the bottom of the rankings. Landon Donovan also had a great week with three assists in two matches. Everton went out and splashed in the transfer market, and it's a shame that Donovan won't really get a chance to benefit from the new signings.

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