American Exports: Michael Orozco Fiscal will stay on with Mexican side Puebla
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – US Gold Cup hopeful Michael Orozco Fiscal will extend his stay with Puebla, the Liga MX announced in a tweet during its draft in Cancún on Wednesday.
The former Philadelphia Union defender was on loan at La Franja during the past Clausura season from San Luis (who are now Chiapas FC), and was a consistent performer at right back – not in his more familiar position at center back. He was transferred to Puebla from San Luis last November.
The 27-year-old debuted in Mexico’s first division in August 2006 and featured for the United States in the Olympics two years later. The Orange, Calif., native scored the lone goal in the United States’ famous 1-0 victory against Mexico at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in August 2012.
A steady stream of Americans like Edgar Castillo and Herculez Gomez have passed through Puebla, although this time around, Orozco Fiscal is likely to be on his own with the Poblanos. DaMarcus Beasley is on the transfer list, and rumors are flying about his potential new destinations.
Orozco Fiscal was one of 11 defenders included on the US national team's 35-man preliminary roster for the Gold Cup, released last week. He has five career caps with the USMNT.
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.