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Michael Orozco with the USMNT

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Michael Orozco Fiscal's Goal Against Toronto FC

Michael Orozco

  • DOB February 7, 1986
  • Age 28
  • Place of birth Orange, California
  • POSITION Defender
  • HEIGHT 5'11"
  • WEIGHT 160
  • U.S. CAPS 11
  • CLUB Puebla (Mexico)
  • Current ASN 100 Rank 47
  • Previous ASN 100 Rank 49

Who is Michael Orozco Fiscal? Is he the temperamental defender who threw an elbow during the 2008 Olympics, costing his country any real chance of advancing to the medal round? Is he an error-prone fullback who tends to make key mistakes at crucial moments? Or is he the opportunistic player who found himself at the right place at the right time in the United States' historic first win against Mexico on Mexican soil?

Probably a little of all three.

Michael Orozco Fiscal grew up in sunny southern California, turning into a quick, versatile player who can play outside back or in the center of a defense. He first learned as a member of the Irvine Strikers and later at San Luis. Orozco Fiscal made the American Olympic squad team after a Best XI performance during the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. He started every game in China, but showed his youth, seeing red in the third minute of a must-win against Nigeria for a throwing a retaliatory elbow at Solomon Okoronkwo. Later that year, however, Bob Bradley handed the defender his first cap on the senior team in a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago.

He wouldn't see the senior team for three more years as he fell out of favor at San Luis and moved to the Philadelphia Union in 2010 before returning to Mexico in 2011. Jurgen Klinsmann called Orozco Fiscal for his first game in charge, and Orozco Fiscal earned three caps during the second half of 2011. "It's a family, they treat you good, it's a different feeling," he told MLSsoccer.com in January 2012. "Everybody meets and you have fun, but obviously when it's time to work, we work." Orozco Fiscal's performances in the Stars and Stripes have been mediocre at best, moments of excellent defense mixed with mental errors and poor understanding of tactics. But he scored the game-winner against Mexico, and Klinsmann seems fond of Orozco Fiscal. Which of his three sides prevails will determine his success in the future.—NOAH DAVIS

Noteworthy Reads

Orozco Fiscal Still Has U.S. Dreams (MLSsoccer.com)
Friendly Became About Winning (FoxSoccer.com)
AmericanSoccerNow.