Friday, April 25, 2008

Orozco speaks

Okay, Michael Orozco and I spoke a while back. I had the interview sitting around and he gave a really good interview and had a pretty good tale. I decided to use a lot of the interview as a Q and A for SI.com. I kept some of it for another piece which will probably come down later this summer at some point. I'll keep you posted.

Anyway, here's the story for SI.com. Many people had never heard of Michael Orozco before he was called up to the US Under-23 national team. Few fans thought he was worthy of starting before the tournament as Patrick Ianni was thought to have had the inside track at starting in central defense for the US during the Olympic qualifying tournament but Orozco opened everyone's eyes with his impressive play.

As I point out in the piece, Orozco isn't the only American-born player down in Mexico. But then again, if you read this blog regularly, you already knew that.

6 comments:

RHdigitalYS said...

I can't wait for the drama that will be created by the Mexican version of Giuseppe Rossi.

I love the article. I hope when/if Landon leaves MLS, he'll go and play in Mexico instead of going to Europe.

Anonymous said...

If Landon wanted to play in Mexico America would pay megabucks for the privlege...

Anonymous said...

How do you know?

8bitjeff said...

What a cool, tough kid. I'm glad he chose the USA (even though Mexico wasn't calling, it is a stigma). His experience there will certainly pay dividends.

FC Uptown said...

He was outstanding in a couple of the U23 games I saw him in.

timpramas said...

In your SI article you mentioned Orozco was the only one who "suited up" for the US. That is not entirely true. Daniel Hernandez was on the bench for a US World Cup qualifier in Oct. 2005that was played in Foxborough against Panama. The US had already qualified for the World Cup by the time this game was played and Panama had already been eliminated. He did not enter the game. He played for the Revolution at the time and that was one factor in his selection for the squad for that game.