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Klinsmann Names 22 Players for USA-Mexico, Presented by AT&T, on April 2

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann named 22 players to train in Phoenix in advance of USA-Mexico, presented by AT&T, on April 2 at University of Phoenix Stadium. Kickoff for the USA’s final match before the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup preparation camp is set for 8 p.m. Arizona Time (11 p.m. ET), and the match will be broadcast live on ESPN, WatchESPN, UniMas and the ESPN Deportes Radio Network. Fans can also follow the match live on Twitter @ussoccer.

A maturing centerback, Michael Orozco Fiscal enjoyed a renaissance with the U.S. Men’s National Team under Jurgen Klinsmann. He gained seasoning in his time with the Under-23 MNT, playing in all three matches in Beijing after helping the team qualify for the Olympics with a stellar performance on defense. Emerging from the youth program of San Luis, Orozco Fiscal joined the professional team of the Primera División club in 2006. In January 2010, he left San Luis to join the Philadelphia Union on loan but returned to the Mexican club after one season. 

  • Started three games for the U.S. in 2011, a career high 
  • Made his debut with the Men’s National Team on Oct. 15, 2008, in the 2-1 loss against Trinidad & Tobago 
  • Named to the U.S. team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, starting all three games 
  • Performance in Olympic Qualifying led to inclusion in the Best XI of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification All-Tournament Team 
  • Joined San Luis in La Primera División de México in 2006
U.S. National Team – 2011: Started three games, a career best … Notched an assist on Clint Dempsey’s strike against Honduras on Oct. 8 …Played 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Mexico on Aug. 10 in Philadelphia … 2008: Started and played the full 90 minutes in his Men’s National Team debut in the World Cup qualifier against Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 … Under-23s: Was a member of the team that qualified and played in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing … Named to the Best XI of the 2008 CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualification All-Tournament Team … Started all three games in the Beijing Olympics, accumulating 183 minutes and making the assist on the lone goal in the USA’s win against Japan … Recorded nine appearances with the U-23 team, starting every game … First Appearance: Oct. 15, 2008, vs. Trinidad & Tobago … First Goal: None.
Professional – 2011: Returned to San Luis and recorded 12 appearances in the Apertura season … 2010: Joined MLS club Philadelphia Union on loan … Made 29 appearances for the Union and scored two goals … 2009: Had three starts and one goal for San Luis in Copa Libertadores … Started 12 games and scored two goals during Apertura 2009 to help San Luis advance to quarterfinals ... Registered 13 starts and one goal during Clausura 2009 ... 2008: Had 11 starts for San Luis as a fullback in Clausura, helping his club advance to the semifinals … Made two starts in Copa Sudamericana … Started eight games in the Apertura, helping San Luis finish first in the standings and qualify for Copa Libertadores … 2007: Made his way onto the first team, registering nine appearances during the 2007 Clausura as the team finished third in Group 2 … Found a spot in the starting eleven, making 16 appearances on the team’s run to the quarterfinals ... 2006: Made his first start with the professional team at San Luis after emerging from the youth program.
Personal: Born in Orange, Calif., to Mexican-born parents, Jesus and Maria ... At age 18, he was invited to participate in a preseason camp with Mexican club Nexaca … Has three sisters: Elizabeth, Wendy and Brenda.
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