Joe Corona: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About US Soccer’s Future Star

April 9, 2012

After several impressive displays with the United States U-23 team during their failed Olympic qualification bid last month, Joe Corona has been tapped by many to be a future USMNT star.

While those predictions always seem to come too soon for youth players in the U.S. system, his four goals in two and a half games during group play were certainly impressive.

Corona’s hat trick v. Cuba

Here are seven things you might not have known about Corona.

Corona has represented Mexico on the international level

Corona received a call-up to represent the Mexican U-22 team at the 2011 Pan-American games and played for El Tri in a friendly against Chile, but did not make Mexico’s final roster for the tournament.

Corona is actually eligible to represent three nations on the international level

Corona, born in Los Angeles, California, is the son of a Mexican father and a Salvadoran mother making him eligible to represent the United States, Mexico or El Salvador internationally.

Ironically, Corona’s goal in the U.S.’s 3-3 draw with El Salvador during Olympic qualifying almost eliminated El Salvador from the competition.

Corona’s parents and club coach prefer he plays for Mexico internationally

According to an article published on by Jeff Carlisle, both of Corona’s parents and his coach at Club Tijuana prefer Corona represent El Tri.

Corona plays in the Mexican Primera, but lives in the United States

Corona, who plays for Club Tijuana in the Mexican Primera, actually lives with his parents in San Diego, where he grew up, and travels across the border each day for training and games.

Corona scored Club Tijuana’s first goal in the Mexican Primera

After gaining promotion into the Primera with his club, Club Tijuana, Corona scored the team’s first goal in Mexico’s top division on July 23, 2011.

Club Tijuana’s first-ever goal in the Mexican Primera via Joe Corona

Corona’s first full national team call-up for the United States occurred under Bob Bradley

Shortly before being fired, Bob Bradley announced his roster for the August 2011 friendly against Mexico and included Joe Corona as one of his call-ups.

Jurgen Klinsmann, after being appointed Bradley’s replacement, named a new roster and did not included Corona.

Corona has yet to make his full international debut for the United States.

Corona dropped out of college and went pro to help provide for his family

Shortly before Corona’s sophomore season at San Diego State, where he was on a partial scholarship, his sister suffered a stroke. Corona’s parents could no longer afford to pay for Joe’s education and he made the fateful decision to try and go pro.

After attending an open tryout for Club Tijuana, Corona was offered the opportunity to turn soccer into his profession and took it.

John D. Halloran

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One Response to Joe Corona: 7 Things You Didn’t Know About US Soccer’s Future Star

  1. Dupuis on April 12, 2012 at 7:10 am

    JD, focusing on a young player is a great idea.
    I wasn’t quite as impressed with JC.
    He sure can finish, which is vital, so having him play advanced in a 4-3-3 might make sense, or paired up top in a 4-4-2, but I didn’t think his overall play was creative enough for midfield, although I think he’s played midfield at least since high school. Pace does not seem to be a strong part of his game either.
    He’s sort of a Deuce lite, without the high work rate, and less quality and creativity. I don’t want to be too negative about a fellow San Diegan. As a fox in the box he seems to be far and away the most dangerous young player we have. There’s certainly nothing wrong with having a guy on the team who “doesn’t do anything all game except kick the ball in the back of the net twice”.

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