U.S. men’s soccer player Michael Orozco scored the goal that gave the United States its first win on Mexican soil in the famed Azteca Stadium for the first time in 75 years in 2012.
Two years later, a Mexican soccer team is not allowing him and U.S. men’s national team player and teammate DaMarcus Beasley to play in Wednesday’s friendly between the two nations in Phoenix, Arizona.
Beasley said he was frustrated that his Mexican team is not releasing him for the game.
“We are very disappointed in the decision by Puebla,” U.S. men’s soccer coach Jurgen Klinsmann said in a statement. “When the match was scheduled, it was with the spirit that both teams would have access to their domestic-based players for what is a very important game for those competing for spots in the World Cup. Both MLS and most clubs in Liga MX honored that idea. While we understand their position, it’s a huge opportunity lost for DaMarcus and Michael and doesn’t contribute to the continuation of this respected rivalry.”