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Is Michael Orozco Union-bound? [updated]

Michael Orozco

The signing of Michael Orozco could mean some major shuffling of the Union's roster


By now everyone knows yesterday’s big story in Union-land: Michael Orozco is reportedly on his way to Philadelphia. The American defender, who has seven caps for the US U-23 national team and one cap for the senior side, has reportedly severed his ties with Mexican side San Luis and is ready to sign with the Union.

Numerous Spanish-language sources have reported the story, including Univision and Goal.com; SBI has also reported the story, citing another Mexican paper. All the reports that I have found are based on a single source: a press release on San Luis’ official website.

There are a few minor issues with the move, however. First, sorry, but I don’t trust the San Luis’ PR office with 100% certainty. Second, the Union already have a quality starting leftback in Jordan Harvey and also have two quality starting centerbacks–another position Orozco could play–in Danny Califf and Shavar Thomas. And third, Orozco’s single cap for the national team means he should have to pass through the allocation process before joining an MLS side, and the Union currently sit sixth (or possibly even 16th) in the allocation order.

All of this is not to say that Orozco-to-Union talk is rubbish. It all could very well be true. What the signing of Orozco would mean, however, is some significant shuffling of the Union lineup, likely in the form of another big trade–unless, of course, MLS decides the allocation process no longer applies to Philadelphia.

What are your thoughts?

(UPDATE: I asked a Philadelphia Union rep about the Orozco stories and was told: “As far as I know, these are just rumors.”

So, interpret that however you like.)

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  1. Tim Uhrich
    January 17, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    1. Michael could also be brought in to support Nowak’s efforts at a workable 3-5-2 (which our depth at Defensive Mid. suggests might be a possibility and Nowak has deployed in the past).

    2. When reading through the rules, it reminded me that for the allocation process to apply, more than one team must claim interest. If the league ‘announces’ that it has signed Orozco and ‘only the Union’ wants to sign him, allocation does not apply and the allocation order is not effected. This is just fuel to the fire for MLS conspiracy theorists about skirting rules.

    3. Lastly, if allocation is not used, and no trade ensues to get Orozco, 3 capped centerbacks might cause cap issues. Unless, unless, the cap goes up significantly.

    Should be an interesting few days.

  2. K.M. Morris
    January 17, 2010 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Tim, thanks for the comment.

    A 3-5-2 is definitely a possibility . . . my only problem with that is that it would depend heavily on Jacobson and Salinas on the wings.

    As for your #2–there are anywhere from 5 to 15 teams in front of Philadelphia in the allocation order. You’d expect one of those clubs would want Orozco or, at the very least, claim him and force the Union to trade for him. Right?

  3. Big E
    January 19, 2010 at 6:46 am

    Depth at d-mid? What depth? Just because Union has 2 or 3 players that have played that position, that doesn’t count. Not when the one player with experience is injury prone and the other options have zero experience and are not old enough to vote/drink.

  4. K.M. Morris
    January 19, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    Big E: Stahl is 24! The only d-mid who’s not old enough to drink is Okugo. Other than that I pretty much agree with you.

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