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Paid Their Dues: From Zolo to Xolo

Ex-Philadelphia Union defender will now play for Club Tijuana in Liga MX.

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Ex-Philadelphia Union defender Michael Orozco has moved from Puebla to Club Tijuana in Liga MX - Mexico's top division. Orozco had been with Puebla since 2013, however Puebla has fallen on hard times, and is currently at the bottom of the relegation table.

Orozco's career started with San Luis, and he was loaned to the Union in 2010. He played in 29 of the 34 matches in the Union's inaugural season, however was returned to San Luis among allegations by Orozco that ex-Union boss Peter Nowak tried to bilk the club out of Orozco's transfer money. Orozco was sold to Puebla in 2013 as San Luis dissolved and was moved to Tuxtla Gutierrez and became Chiapas F.C. (Seriously, don't ask. Mexican soccer can be really weird sometimes.)

Orozco also features for the United States Men's National Team. He will forever be the guy who scored the goal that had the Americans beat Mexico for the first time ever in Estadio Azteca in 2012.

Tijuana is undergoing major changes, with new manager Rubén Omar Romano sending ten players out either on loan or cut loose entirely - including starters Joe Corona, Cirilo Saucedo, Richard Ruiz, Javier Guemez, and Greg Garza. Los Xolos finished eleventh in both the 2014 Apertura and 2015 Clausura, and it was evident that manager Daniel Guzmán would not return. Orozco will most likely be the man to beat at left back, since the previous incumbent (Garza) is out on loan to Atlas.