A very interesting bit of news today is that USA central defender Oguchi Onyewu has signed a one-year extension at AC Milan, keeping him at the San Siro through the 2012-13 season. That's not the really interesting part.
Oguchi offered, and Milan duly accepted, to play that final season for free. Noble gesture, in light of his injury-missed season? Or stupidity, because why play for free when one of the best teams in the world will pay you handsomely?
It's a clever move by Gooch, convincing Milan to give him another year that maybe they would have otherwise questioned in light of his injury and lack of games with the team. Certainly if Gooch gets on the field and holds down a starting position, he'll get rewarded once he needs to re-sign again. Hopefully Gooch is healthy enough to play well in the World Cup and carry that over into next season.