We all know that Toronto FC is in need of another strong central defender to partner Darren O'Dea next season so when Foxsoccer.com reported that Michael Orozco Fiscal was really interested in a return to MLS, it was certain to pique some interest. The American central defender spent the 2010 season on loan with the expansion Philadelphia Union, making 29 appearances for the club scoring twice including one against Toronto.
His biggest claim to fame though might be his only international goal which turned out to be the only goal at Estadio Azteca handing the USMNT their first every victory in Mexico. The goal came in his fifth cap for the senior national team and had many wondering if it would be the springboard he needed to finally become a regular for the team. The goal was all the more special for Orozco Fiscal who is of Mexican descent and has spent his entire professional career playing in the country.
Orozco Fiscal is now 26 years old and seems to be focused on making a return to the MLS. As a player who is capable of playing across the entire back line and using both of his feet he would certainly appeal to a lot of clubs around the league. The biggest knock against him has always been the fact that he is not the biggest defender out there and his style is better suited to the Mexican game than it is to playing in MLS. He comes in at just under 6 feet tall and has a fairly slight build at only 160 pounds meaning that he is not one who can excel in the physical game but he is strong with the ball at his feet as well as being positionally sound.
He was a solid player for the Union and despite making some costly mistakes for the club proved to be a viable option in the MLS. If he were to be lined up next to a bigger, more physical defender in the middle of the park such as O'Dea, it could make for a very strong combination. One defender to provide the strength and win the aerial battles and the other to provide the pace and composure both to close opponents down and to start the ball going the other way.
Orozco Fiscal is also capable of playing in a wide variety of different positions. Having use of both his feet and being athletic allows him to play on the outside of the defense as well as serve as a holding midfielder when needed. That flexibility would make him a useful player for a team with a lot of needs. He brings a bit on the attacking side of things as his athleticism allows for him to get forward and join the attack when needed despite not being a big force on set pieces.
The reason this is of interest to Toronto FC is that Orozco Fiscal is a US international and for him to return to the league, he would have to go through the MLS allocation order. He played for the Union in the past on a loan but they declined their option to purchase him at the end of that loan period meaning they no longer hold his MLS rights. As such the team at the top of the allocation order would get first crack at him if he does indeed return to the MLS. That team will almost certainly be TFC who are closing in on a last place finish in the league.
So if Toronto does get the chance to land Orozco Fiscal what would you like to see them do? Pick him up as a strong partner for O'Dea, trade the top spot in the allocation order to another club (possibly in his native SoCal), or use the spot to go after a different target?