PUEBLA, Mexico – Neither DaMarcus Beasley nor Michael Orozco Fiscal have featured for the US national team since that famous 1-0 victory over Mexico in the Estadio Azteca last August, but assistant coach Martin Vasquez dropped in at the end of Puebla’s training Tuesday to check in with the pair.
What ensued was a brief meeting of a few minutes, with Beasley speeding off and Orozco Fiscal (above) hanging around a little longer to chat with Jurgen Klinsmann’s right-hand man.
Just minutes before Vasquez turned up, Orozco Fiscal told MLSsoccer.com he is unsure of his situation with the US national team and is focused squarely on his club form at present.
“I really don’t think about that,” Orozco Fiscal said when asked about the USMNT. “I just think about working day to day to prove myself with my team and then hopefully get a shot at [the national team] again.”
The 27-year-old has been a regular at right back for Puebla this Clausura season, having previously featured for San Luis and the Philadelphia Union as a center back. He has been adapting well to the new position and La Franja are within touching distance of the playoff places.
“It’s going really well,” he said of the winter loan move to the Poblanos. “I’m enjoying myself. The team, the city, the fans, everyone’s treating me really well. I’m just enjoying my soccer right now.”
Moving forward, the only goalscorer in August’s US victory in Mexico would like a repeat performance, at right back, center back, or anywhere else when the two CONCACAF giants clash again in the same stadium on March 26.
“Who knows, if I get a call in I’ll play any position,” he explained. “If I get 10 minutes, I just want to make a difference, that’s all that matters.”
Beasley refused to comment on his situation with the US national team and declined to be interviewed.
Tom Marshall covers Americans playing in Latin America for MLSsoccer.com. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.