Still On the Defensive: Philadelphia Union Signs Michael Orozco

Phil Andrews@philandrewsWMCNCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2010

NASHVILLE - MARCH 23: Michael Orozco #3 of the United States and Luis Alfredo Lopez #6 of Honduras chase down the ball during the final match in the CONCACAF U-23 Men's Olympic Qualifying soccer tournament at LP Field March 23, 2008 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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I dare anyone to try and score on the Philadelphia Union this season. Ok, they can try but it’s not going to be easy, not with the talent they have playing at the back.

The Union today announcing the acquisition of U-23 U.S. National Team defender Michael Orozco.  Orozco is on loan from Mexican first division team San Luis FC, where he spent the last three years playing. 

Orozco joins a defensive unit that already includes USMNT defender Danny Califf, Jordan Harvey, Shavar Thomas and former USMNT keeper Chris Seitz.

“We are happy to have Michael join us,” said Team Manager Peter Nowak. “It is great to have a player at the top of his game show his desire and commitment. We hope to have him as an anchor at the back of our defense for a long time to come.”

Philadelphia Union was able to sign Orozco thanks to a deal with Red Bull New York, in which Philadelphia sent allocation money to NY in exchange for the Red Bulls’ top spot in the Major League Soccer allocation order.

Orozco helped the U.S. U-23 team qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, a team that also included current Philadelphia Union team member Chris Seitz.  A member of the U.S. National Team player pool since 2004, Orozco was named one of the Best XI during the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic qualifying round.

Peter Nowak’s quotes courtesy Philadelphia Union Communications.