Michael Orozco Fiscal Withdraws From USMNT Squad

The Puebla defender is suffering from a hamstring injury and so will not travel to Bosnia.

Defender Michael Orozco Fiscal has withdrawn from the USMNT squad. Klinsmann has opted not to replace him.

The Puebla player picked up a hamstring injury during his side’s 0-0 draw with Veracruz in their Liga MX clash on Sunday. Orozco Fiscal played 89 minutes of the match before being substituted.

The timing of the injury is incredibly unfortunate for Orozco Fiscal given the geographical makeup of the squad. The defender was one of only five players based in an American league to be selected, with the remaining 18 players being picked solely from European clubs.

Orozco Fiscal will go down in US footballing folklore following his decisive goal against arch-rivals Mexico one year ago. His scrambled finish gave the USA their first ever win over Mexico, in Mexico.

He was also selected to the USA’s 2013 Gold Cup winning squad. Despite only making one appearance during the tournament he managed to score – the USA’s fifth in a 6-1 demolition of Belize.

It was probable that Orozco Fiscal would not feature against Bosnia anyway, thanks to the presence of favourites Geoff Cameron, Brad Evans and Tim Ream, plus newcomer John Anthony Brooks.

Those looking for a full rundown of Klinsmann’s selected squad can click here.

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