|#12 Emilio Orozco|
2012: It was announced on March 19, 2012, that the Fort Lauderdale Strikers signed United States youth international Emilio Orozco on loan from Tigres de UANL of Mexico. In Fort Lauderdale he links up with teammate Leopoldo ‘Polo’ Moráles, who is also on loan to the Strikers from the Mexican team. Orozco, 20, can play on the right or in the center of defense.
On April 21, Orozco made his professional debut with the Strikers against the San Antonio Scorpions, replacing Aly Hassan in the 71st minute of the match. Orozco made his full debut the following week in the match against the Tampa Bay Rowdies on April 28th, playing 79 minutes at right back before being replaced by Polo Morales.
Youth: After graduating from IMG Soccer Academy, Orozco moved to his parents’ native Mexico to play for Primera División side Tigres.
With the Tigres U-19 team Orozco won the Be Quick International Tournament in the Netherlands.
International: Orozco has been capped by the United States at the U-17 and U-20 level. He is a graduate of the famed U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Florida. The academy has become integral in developing the country’s top prospects, and boasts current national team stars Jozy Altidore, Landon Donovan, and Oguchi Onyewu among its alumni.
In 2009, despite being a part of the qualifying team, Orozco narrowly missed out on the 21-player roster representing the United States at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.