Orozco replaces Gonzalez at training camp
[USA MEN] Puebla defender Michael Orozco was named as the replacement for LA Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez on the U.S. national team preparing for Friday's World Cup 2014 qualifier against Jamaica in Kansas City, Kan. Gonzalez left Sunday's Galaxy game against Chivas USA at
halftime with what was diagnosed as a left hip strain.
Orozco's only appearance in the Hexagonal came Sept. 6 when he started at right back in the 3-1 loss to Costa Rica. His other four
appearances in 2013 were at center back during the Gold Cup.
Orozco, who has 10 caps, had not been called into any qualifiers in 2013 until the Costa Rica game, but he impressed Klinsmann
with his play during the Gold Cup and on the right side of Puebla's three-man backline this season in Mexico's Liga MX.
The other center back option -- Clarence Goodson -- suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of the San Jose Earthquakes' last MLS game but he should play in their key match Wednesday night against Colorado. The
Quakes are off this weekend so he could every well be called in for the Panama game on Tuesday. John Brooks, who made his debut against Bosnia-Herzegovina, is
sidelined with a dislocated elbow.
The likely central defense starters on Friday are Geoff Cameron and Matt
Hexagonal center back pairings:
USA-Costa Rica: Gonzalez-Goodson
Costa Rica-USA: Gonzalez-Besler
|Recent Soccer America Daily Kljestan and Boyd get first goals Oct. 30, 3:50 a.m. |
[AMERICANS ABROAD] Sacha Kljestan, whose short-term move to MLS over the summer was thwarted, finally got ... Zakuani makes 'most difficult decision' in his life Oct. 30, 3:32 a.m.
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] At the age of 26, Steve Zakuani is retiring from soccer, his career never ... Crew lines up young Swede for 2015 campaign Oct. 30, 2:58 a.m.
[MLS TRANSACTIONS] The Columbus Crew is about to enter the playoffs for the first time under ... Red Bulls are rolling, Sporting KC is reeling Oct. 30, 2:41 a.m.
[MLS PLAYOFF PREVIEW] Sporting Kansas City starts off defense of its 2013 MLS Cup title Thursday ... Controversial call sends FC Dallas into next round Oct. 30, 2:01 a.m.
[MLS PLAYOFFS] One game into the 2014 MLS playoffs and already the postseason is roiled by ... You won't believe he missed from there Oct. 29, 9:52 p.m.
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Napoli's Jose Callejon demonstrates how to miss an open net from ... What They're Saying: Jermain Defoe Oct. 29, 4:19 p.m.
"It was hurtful. In England, at all the clubs I've played for, no one ever said ... An own goal worthy of dance celebration? Oct. 29, 4:08 p.m.
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] Less than two minutes after kickoff in this Kenyan Premier League ... Soccer America Power Rankings Oct. 29, 5:21 a.m.
[MLS: Week 33] Seattle closed out the regular season atop the Soccer America Power Rankings by ... FIFA introduces official logo Oct. 29, 12:25 a.m.
[WORLD CUP 2018] FIFA and World Cup 2018 organizers introduced the official logo for the tournament ... >> Soccer America Daily Archives