Former US international Oguchi Onyewu has been hired as technical director of Orlando City B, sources have told MLSsoccer.com.
Onyewu, 36, announced his retirement from playing in September. The center back spent the bulk of his 15-year career in Europe, with his longest stint coming with Belgian power Standard Liege. The D.C.-area native played one year in MLS, starting 22 games for the Philadelphia Union in 2017. He earned 69 career caps with the US men’s national team and played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
Orlando City B will compete in USL League One in 2019. The team played in USL in 2016 and 2017 before taking a one-year hiatus in 2018. The sources said Onyewu will focus on youth development, and that transitioning players from the Orlando academy to OCB will be one of his bigger responsibilities. He will report to OCB GM Mike Potempa, who recently hired Fernando Jose De Argila as the team’s head coach.