OROZCO REPLACES INJURED GONZALEZ
RECAPS
PREVIEWS
EXTRA TIME
BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Already without several players due to injury, U.S head Jurgen Klinsmann was forced to make a change as Omar Gonzalez left the team with a hip injury and was replaced by Michael Orozco.

It has been a rough few weeks for many top American players as Fabian Johnson, John Brooks, Michael Bradley, and Clint Dempsey were all not named to the U.S team due to injuries.

With a spot in next year's World Cup in Brazil assured, the U.S team will play its final qualifiers in the coming days starting with a home game against Jamaica on Friday in Kansas City followed by a trip to Panama next Tuesday.

Gonzalez has been the U.S team's starting central defender for most of 2013 and his hip injury is the latest setback. After recently signing a designated player contract with the Galaxy, the former University of Maryland standout was forced to leave Sunday's game 5-0 win over Chivas USA.

Orozco, 27, has infrequently been a part of the U.S team in recent years and recently played for the team last month in a 3-1 loss to Costa Rica. In his career, the Puebla-based defender has 10 caps for the U.S team.
David
Friday October 11, 2013 11:42 am
Goodson did well in the Gold Cup, but IMO Orozco did not put a wrong foot forward in the games he played in the Gold Cup. Orozco was extremely good on the ball and solid in the back in the games he played. He deserves the call-up. (And now it looks like Goodson has been called in too :-) )
rellimjs
Thursday October 10, 2013 12:29 pm
Why Orozco and not Goodson? Goodson did well in the goal cup, as well as in key qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico?
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