Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Coach Nowak, Union moving on without Orozco Fiscal
by Ridge Mahoney, March 2nd, 2011 11:54PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] On Wednesday, Philadelphia Union coach Peter Nowak discussed why defender Michael Orozco Fiscal is no longer a member of the team. Sort of.

Of the many changes made by Philadelphia since it finished 8-15-7 and allowed 49 goals (tied for second-most in MLS) as an expansion team, the addition of striker Carlos Ruiz and jettisoning of Orozco Fiscal are among the most significant. During a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Nowak talked about Orozco Fiscal without providing too much background.

“Michael Orozco Fiscal was on a one-year loan with an option to buy,” said Nowak from Crete, where the Union is training until March 10. “We didn’t exercise the option on his contract, so basically since January 1st he is property of his former club, not the property of Philadelphia Union or Major League Soccer.”

The situation would have been as cut-and-dried as Nowak outlines it had not Orozco Fiscal brought up the subject of his status during the offseason and trained with the team during preseason. He came to MLS last year on loan from Mexican club San Luis and played 29 matches, and likely would have been shifted to outside back or battled for playing time in the middle with Califf and Carlos Valdes, who was acquired in January.

“Since January 1st, Michael Orozco Fiscal is property of his former club, which is San Luis in Mexico,” said Nowak. “That’s the whole explanation.”

Left unanswered were questions regarding why assistant coach John Hackworth said at the start of preseason only a few details needed to be addressed to retain the defender’s rights.

Apparently, those discussions/negotiations came apart at some point. A week ago, the team released defender Christian Arrieta, who has since traveled to Arizona for a one-week trial with FC Dallas, and in mid-February it cut loose Eduardo Coudet. The league roster-compliance date of March 1 (Tuesday) also played a role, though Philly has just five defenders: Valdes, Califf, Jordan Harvey, Sheanon Williams and Juan Diego Gonzalez Alzate.

“If you know from the beginning that it was a one-year loan, end of story,” said Nowak, who thus ended the situation without actually explaining it. “He’s back in Mexico and the stuff is already done. For me and for our staff, it’s a very simple situation and we need to move forward with that.”

Nowak has been auditioning players throughout preseason and will look at a few more during the camp in Crete.

Philly started its run of games by tying Greek first division club Ergotelis, 1-1, Monday with a goal by Ruiz, and beat Hersonissos FC of the third division, 5-0, Wednesday. Chris Agorsor and Jack McInerney each scored twice and Danny Mwanga added the fifth goal.



0 comments
  1. Richard Broad
    commented on: March 4, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.
    The ones who should be "moving on" are Nowak and his crony Nick Sakiewicz. As long as these two are running the franchise, The Union may win some games but they will never do so with class.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
TV: Cincy-Chicago Open Cup match to be shown on ESPN2     
In just its second season in the USL, FC Cincinnati is racking up milestones in terms ...
MLS Today: Hunt for points intensifies    
Big rivalry matches will be played each day over the weekend -- Houston-FC Dallas, NYCFC-Red Bulls ...
MLS Closeup: By dominating at home Dynamo defies critics    
So far in this MLS season, several teams are posting remarkable records that are mirror images: ...
What They're Saying: Francisco Rios    
"The first thing I did this year when the schedule came out was to check to ...
USMNT: Our 23 picks for the Gold Cup    
U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena will announce his 23-player roster for the Gold Cup on ...
MLS: DP Qazaishvili gives Quakes new look up front    
Valeri "Vako" Qazaishvili scored 21 goals in 2014-15 and 2015-16 with Dutch club Vitesse and is ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"You can take the ginger out of NY, but NY will still be red. Good luck ...
Texan McKinze Gaines moves to Darmstadt     
McKinze Gaines, the 19-year-old South Texas product who last season helped VfL Wolfsburg reach the U-19 ...
Confederations Cup: Sanchez sets Chile record in 1-1 tie    
Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time leading scorer with his 38th international goal, but the South American ...
Video Pick: Cabrera quest for creativity works for Dynamo     
Wilmer Cabrera, who played on the great Colombia team of the 1990s, has since taking the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives