Well, I guess we have to retract our pre-World Cup post about Gooch's move to the Northwest.
USA defender Oguchi Onyewu has turned down an offer from Middlesbrough, preferring instead to stay at Belgian club Standard Liege.The 24-year-old was close to a move to Boro after impressing as an ever-present during his country's World Cup campaign this summer.So now Boro have missed out on Gooch and Huth (how much fun would it have been to say those two names together?), Ugo has picked up his traditional injury, and Southgate has ruled himself out of a playing role. That leaves Chris Riggot and Andrew Davies(?) as Boro's starting center backs. Look for Schwarzer to make a ton of saves, but not keep many clean sheets.