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Orange County SC sign former U.S. international Michael Orozco

Defender joins to bolster OCSC backline.

United States Training Session Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images

Orange County SC announced on Saturday they have signed defender Michael Orozco.

The 33-year-old joins after a distinguished career in Liga MX and MLS. Getting his start with San Luis, he’s also played for the Philadelphia Union, Puebla, Chiapas, Club Tijuana and Lobos BUAP. A native of Orange, Orozco is also a former U.S. Men’s National Team international, most notably scoring the winning goal in a historic win at Estadio Azteca against Mexico in 2012.

“Michael is a fantastic player with a resume that speaks for itself. His international experience and leadership will be invaluable to our team,” said OCSC head coach Braeden Cloutier in a team statement.

“I’ve dreamed of one day being able to establish a foundation for my family, show my kids where my passion started,” said Orozco. “It’s an honor to be able to come back to my home town and start a new chapter in my life where I can show the new generation that everything is possible and help Orange County SC win its first USL Championship!”

Orozco should help bolster Orange County’s backline, which has struggled at times with continuity and results this season. Terms of the deal were not revealed, but expect Orozco to be available in the coming weeks.

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