Gooch didn't get on the pitch for last night's defeat in France.
"After all that experience, I still had the opportunity to come to Europe, and so I took it and came over here," Onyewu told ussoccer.com. "As far as I know, there were a number of teams when I was younger tracking me outside of Metz, but for me the best fit personally ended up being Metz. I never second guessed the decision."
Onyewu signed with FC Metz in March of 2002 but did not see playing time until almost a year later because of the team going into administration and Onyewu's difficulty gaining clearance from the French league. When he made his debut on Jan. 19, 2003, it was as a substitute in a Coupe de France match against Bordeaux.
"When I came in the game, I came in as an attacking right back slash right midfielder," he said. "Obviously back then I was a lot slimmer, and I played right back because that's how I was formed as a professional. We ended up winning the game. I had a very strong debut, almost scored a goal, almost had an assist, and that's where my professional career took off."