Philly Union land Orozco on loan after deal with Red Bulls

Philly Union land Orozco on loan after deal with Red Bulls

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Philly Union land Orozco on loan after deal with Red Bulls


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The Philadelphia Union's quest to build a top-notch defense in its first season continued on Friday as the club acquired former U.S. Olympic team defender Michael Orozco on loan from Mexican side San Luis.

To land Orozco, the Union had to complete a deal with the New York Red Bulls, acquiring the No. 1 spot in the Allocation Order from New York in exchange for an undisclosed sum of allocation money.

Orozco has made two appearances for the U.S. national team and had been a regular starter for San Luis before falling out of favor late last season. He is capable of playing in central defense but projects to be the team's starting right back.

With the trade, the Red Bulls now have the No. 5 spot in the MLS Allocation Order (It received the No. 6 spot in the trade, but move up a place after the Union's selection of Orozco). The San Jose Earthquakes now have the top spot in the Allocation Order, which is used to allocate current and former U.S. national team players who return to MLS.

Philadelphia's defense could be one of the better ones in MLS in year one. The Union had already acquired U.S. national team defender Danny Califf this off-season, as well as veteran defenders Shavar Thomas and Jordan Harvey in the MLS Expansion Draft. Highly-regarded goalkeeper Chris Seitz was acquired from Real Salt Lake early in the off-season.

Red Bulls fans who are surprised that their team gave up the top allocation spot shouldn't be. New York is clearly focused on shopping the international market for foreign talent and the allocation it secured from Philadelphia should help the Red Bulls land some more international talent.

Here is the up-to-date MLS Allocation Order:

1. San Jose Earthquakes

2. Kansas City Wizards

3. Toronto FC

4. FC Dallas

5. New York Red Bulls

6. Colorado Rapids

7. New England Revolution

8. Chivas USA

9. Seattle Sounders

10. Columbus Crew

11. Chicago Fire

12. Houston Dynamo

13. Los Angeles Galaxy

14. Real Salt Lake

15. D.C. United

16. Philadelphia Union

What do you think of this move? Surprised New York gave up the top spot in the Allocation Order? Excited to see Philadelphia's defense coming together? Starting to believe that Philly could enjoy a first season as sucessful as Seattle's?

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