Los Angeles Soccer: Efrain Flores
March, 8, 2011
By Scott French | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Michael Orozco Fiscal's status remains uncertain after his odd departure from Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union, with the defender from Orange apparently back with San Luis.
The Mexican club hasn't placed Orozco on the roster on its website, but Union coach Peter Nowak said in a news conference last week that Orozco had returned to Mexico.
It was a strange announcement by the second-year MLS club's coach. Orozco (Magnolia HS in Anaheim) arrived in Philadelphia on loan last season, started 29 of 30 games, was No. 2 on the team in minutes played, and was instrumental in tightening the Union backline after moving to the middle for the final eight matches.
Orozco was in camp with the Union and played in preseason matches during the team's camp in Orlando, Fla., and assistant coach John Hackworth had reported that the club was on the verge of a new agreement to keep him with the team in 2011.
The MLS' roster-compliance date arrived, and Orozco was gone. No word, no nothing, until Nowak -- a former Polish national-teamer, Chicago Fire icon, title-winning D.C. United coach and 2008 Olympic team manager -- finally admitted the defender had left the team.
“Why do we need to announce it? End of story, he's back in Mexico,” Nowak said. “Simply, his loan was up, and it seemed like this stuff was already done. There is no need to explain anything about Michael Orozco Fiscal.”
Orozco, who last year began using Fiscal as part of his name (in the Latin fashion) to honor his mother, hadn't been part of the team since Jan. 1, but he also hasn't been with San Luis, which is sixth overall in the Primera Division Clausura standings with a 3-2-5 mark and at the bottom of its Copa Libertadores group at 0-2-1. No indication he will be any time soon.
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