Yohandry Orozco recently gave an interview detailing his struggles in joining the club, getting acclimated to New York and what might lay ahead for the winger.
Orozco had a long road to get to the Cosmos. After starting his career in his native Maracaibo, he went overseas to Germany for a stint with Wolfsburg before returning home to play with Deportivo Táchira.
After claiming a league title with Táchira in May of last year, Orozco found himself without a club, training on the grounds of clubs in Maracaibo. For a time, it looked as if the midfielder would wind up in MLS with Dallas FC, but ultimately he wound up on the field at Shuart Stadium.
“I was coming off a difficult stage in my life,” said the Venezuelan. “Six months without playing is the worst thing that can happen to you as a soccer player.”
It took some time for Orozco to see field time consistently. After subbing in towards the end of a match on April 10th, he wouldn’t see the field for nearly a month, when Head Coach Giovanni Savarese gave him his first start on May 1st.
“I arrived here needing to rapidly get in shape. I was fat and lacked confidence. Today, I’m a champion. Giovanni gave me a chance which I’ll always be grateful to him for.”Aside from his countryman coach, Orozco also had kind words for fellow Venezuelan Juan Arango, who he looked to as a mentor.
“Working with Juan is something incredible. He’s someone with lots of experience. He gave me tips, he helped me, and you really have to listen to him. It was a lot of happiness to work with him all year.”
He dedicated the title to his friends in Venezuela and his family in Maracaibo.Which led to the question of where his future lay.
“I’ll never close the doors on the idea of returning to Europe. It’s what I want most, but today my mind is on the vacation I’m going to take and, from there, I’ll decide if my future is here in the United States or somewhere else.”
To date, Orozco is the third member of the Cosmos starting XI in the Final to mention the possibility of not playing in New York next season behind Juan Arango and Ayoze.