Union Made Deal For Orozco

Union Made Deal For Orozco

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 29, 2010
  • 8 Comments
  • Allocation, Michael Orozco, Trades

Michael Orozco joins the Union backline. (Getty Images)

We’ve known for a little while now that US National team defender Michael Orozco was on his way to Major League Soccer, well today that became more official. The Philadelphia Union traded allocation money to the New York Red Bulls to move up to the top spot in the allocation order to sign Orozco.

The 23-year old Orozco will be on a one-year loan (with an additional one-year option) from Mexican First Division team San Luis FC. HeĀ is yet another young gun for Piotr Nowak and company. Interesting fact is that the Union only have three guys on their current roster over 30!

This addition really helps out the Union defense going into their expansion season. With Danny Califf and Orozco it seems like Nowak is putting together a mini-National team here. Make no mistake this club should be a contender in 2010, I really believe it with these signings that they are making here.

What do you make of this signing by Philadelphia? Can you believe New York gave up their top allocation spot?

  • Jay

    A team's place on the allocation table is (IMO) a pretty easy thing to give up. I mean… if there's no one out there that you're interested in — and at this point it should be pretty clear who is available that might qualify to be actually claimed via the allocation table — why bother with it? It becomes a leverage item to use on teams who *do* want someone who is available.

    With the allocation money they just received, Red Bull can easily buy their way back up to the top if they want to.

  • Jason

    “Interesting fact is that the Union only have three guys on their current roster over 30!”

    Surprisingly, the same is true for DC: Allsopp, Moreno, and Namoff. The question for both teams is where they get their leadership from on the field when those veteran players aren't around.

  • Interesting, did not realize that about DC. Good stuff. I'd imagine DC will have an easier time finding leadership than Philly will…Philly has some good vets but I do wonder who will step up on day one and lead the club.

  • Jason

    I worry even more about where their offense will come from. Building an offense around Fred Moreno, and Mwanga doesn't sound like a recipe for success.

  • Jay

    A team's place on the allocation table is (IMO) a pretty easy thing to give up. I mean… if there's no one out there that you're interested in — and at this point it should be pretty clear who is available that might qualify to be actually claimed via the allocation table — why bother with it? It becomes a leverage item to use on teams who *do* want someone who is available.

    With the allocation money they just received, Red Bull can easily buy their way back up to the top if they want to.

  • Jason

    “Interesting fact is that the Union only have three guys on their current roster over 30!”

    Surprisingly, the same is true for DC: Allsopp, Moreno, and Namoff. The question for both teams is where they get their leadership from on the field when those veteran players aren't around.

  • Interesting, did not realize that about DC. Good stuff. I'd imagine DC will have an easier time finding leadership than Philly will…Philly has some good vets but I do wonder who will step up on day one and lead the club.

  • Jason

    I worry even more about where their offense will come from. Building an offense around Fred Moreno, and Mwanga doesn't sound like a recipe for success.