Tijuana (Primera Division)
#15 | Midfielder
July 9, 1990 (Age: 23)
Los Angeles, California
5' 9", 155 lbs (1.75 m, 70 kg)
Joe Corona, a Los Angeles-born and San Diego-raised right midfielder, began his collegiate career at San Diego State. During his freshman year in 2008, he was a spot-starter and frequent contributor off the bench.
Following his first year in the NCAA, a professional opportunity beckoned. Corona made the short trip across the border and signed with Club Tijuana. He began the 2009-10 season with the reserves and did well enough to make several late-season appearances in the Liga de Ascenso's 2010 Clausura tournament.
Corona's progress continued at a rapid rate into the 2010-11 season, when he claimed a spot in Tijuana's starting lineup. The club had a strong season in the Liga de Ascenso; Tijuana raised the Apertura crown and fell in the Clausura final to Irapuato. However, Corona claimed revenge over Irapuato in the two-legged promotion playoff by scoring a goal that helped secure a 2-1 aggregate victory.
In the 2011-12 season, Corona and Tijuana will both debut in Mexico's top division.
Corona is eligible for Mexico, the United States, and El Salvador. He has spent time in camp with Mexico's U-23 team, but accepted Caleb Porter's call to the US U-23 team. He was a member of the U-23 squad that failed to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics.
Corona earned his first call to the senior US national team in August 2012, when he was part of Klinsmann's squad for five matches. He made his debut in a friendly against Scotland.