Michael Orozco became the 20th player to join the Philadelphia Union on Friday as the defender signed a loan deal with Major League Soccer's newest club from San Luis of the Mexican Primera Division
"We are happy to have Michael join us," said coach Peter Nowak in a 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."
Orozco, 23, joins a steadily growing squad that is anchored by an impressive back line. He'll join U.S. International Danny Califf and former Chivas USA stalwart Shavar Thomas, to go along with expansion draft selections Jordan Harvey and David Myrie.
The deal went through because of a prior transaction between the Union and the New York Red Bulls, who sent the first spot in the allocation order to Philadelphia for allocation money.
Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz stated his excitement over the deal and of the opportunity to ad another internationally experienced player to the roster.
"This is a great acquisition for Philadelphia Union, and for MLS as a whole," explained Sakiewicz. "As a Mexican American, growing up and learning the game in Orange County, Calif., Michael later matured as a young professional at the highest levels in Mexico. For him to want to continue his career with Philadelphia Union is a very powerful statement about us and MLS."
Prior to joining the Union, Orozco spent his entire career with San Luis. Signing with the club in 2006, Orozco had made 70 appearances for the club, scoring three goals.
Orozco has seven caps for the U.S. Under-23 squad -- including at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing -- and was awarded his first senior cap later that year.