Standard to offer U.S. int'l Onyewu new deal

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According to reports out of Belgium, U.S. international Oguchi Onyewu's club team, Standard Liege, is ready to extend his contract and has an offer ready for the 26-year-old defender.

It remains to be seen whether Onyewu will accept the offer, given his aspirations for a bigger league and stronger competition, but the good will is there and regardless of what Onyewu decides, his time at Liege was valued by the club.

"We will make him a new proposal. It is then up to him to decide what he wants," said technical director Dominique D'Onofrio in an interview with La Meuse. "We would be able to understand [if Onyewu chooses to leave]. If he does not, then we go out together as best friends."

Since joining Standard in 2004, Onyewu has made 139 appearances and is currently a staple in their starting line-up. He's also a first choice of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley, having won 38 caps for the U.S. since 2004.