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Michael Orozco officially signs with the Philadelphia Union

Michael Orozco

Michael Orozco

Michael Orozco, defender for Mexican first division side San Luis and the US U-23 national team, has signed with the Philadelphia Union, team officials announced in a press release today.

“We are happy to have Michael join us,” team manager Peter Nowak said in the press release. “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.”

The Union made the deal by trading an undisclosed amount of allocation money to the Red Bulls for their number one spot in the allocation order.

Orozco will sign on loan from his Mexican club. MLS does not allow loans without purchase options, which means that if Orozco has a good season (or even just a pretty good season) we’re likely to see him in Union blue for a long time to come.

Orozoco will bring some immediate depth to the defensive line, which is already brimming with talent and experience. Danny Califf, Shavar Thomas, and Jordan Harvey are top-quality MLS starters, while David Myrie is a good prospect who also has a shot of breaking into the starting lineup this season.

This means Orozco’s signing should provide some headaches (of the good kind) for the coaching staff as they try to organize things on the defensive end. One likely option (which my colleagues at ASN also see happening) is a Harvey-Thomas-Califf-Orozco lineup, with Orozco playing slightly out of position (he’s usually a left back or center back).

What are your thoughts on the Orozco deal?

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  1. B-Mac
    January 30, 2010 at 2:35 am

    The line-up I look for with this acquisition:

    ——————–Moreno———Mwanga———————

    ———————————-Fred———————————–

    Salinas————————————————-Jacobson

    ——————–Miglioranzi——–Stahl———————-

    Orozco———————-Thomas——————Califf

    ——————————-Seitz————————————-

    Orozco definitely allows us to put forth a nice looking back 3 in a 3-5-2, but the midfield remains suspect. The team needs the young wings and at least 2 of our rookies to step up if we are to have massive holes in the lineup.

    • K.M. Morris
      January 30, 2010 at 3:39 am

      That’s not a bad lineup at all, although I’ve been reprimanded in the past for suggesting Califf could play at right back.

      I should revise what I wrote in the post (I change my mind too much): I don’t think Orozco will play right back. He will compete with Harvey on the left, and either Myrie or somebody else will play on the right (if we’re talking a 4-4-2, anyway). Ives said on his twitter page that he’s been hearing good things about Myrie, so we can take that as more evidence he could break into the starting lineup.

      • B-Mac
        January 30, 2010 at 7:37 am

        Maybe this is just FIFA logic, but I thought the outside backs in a 3 back system play a much more central position than a fullback in a 4 back system. Is the adjustment that big for Califf to be outside in the 3-5-2?

  2. june16_1904
    January 30, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Great news. I’ve been hoping we’d sign Orozco since that rumor started. Our defense is shaping up to look pretty damn good.

    • K.M. Morris
      January 30, 2010 at 3:42 am

      We do need to add to the midfield, and another striker would be nice, but, yeah, I think an expansion team needs depth at defense first. It provides a solid anchor for the rest of the team. And there’s nothing wrong with having too many starting-quality players–injuries and drops in form do happen, after all (and it never hurts to have a little more competition for your spot).

  3. K.M. Morris
    January 30, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    B-Mac :

    Maybe this is just FIFA logic, but I thought the outside backs in a 3 back system play a much more central position than a fullback in a 4 back system. Is the adjustment that big for Califf to be outside in the 3-5-2?

    Yeah, that’s definitely correct. The 3-5-2 would depend heavily on the wingers (good thing Salinas is an engine). But for Califf it’s still different from playing a traditional CB position, and I just haven’t seen him play enough recently to know if it’s doable.

    Like I said though, it is a good formation, and except for the addition of Orozco, is pretty similar to what I had as one possibility in my roster needs post. If Califf can handle it at RB we may see this happen. If Stahl is as good as everyone says he is then this formation will stack the deck defensively.

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