BRENT LATHAM - Thursday, February 25, 2010
Following a trial with Champions League contenders Fiorentina, former US Under-17 national team pool member Dustin Corea is now off to Sicily where he will begin a trial with Palermo.

"They are very interested in seeing me play and have an opportunity in signing," the American winger said of the Sicilian team. "That would be an actual pro deal."

The Oregon native has been in Italy for several weeks, after signing on with an Italian-based agent. He says the trial at Fiorentina went well, but any deal was prevented by the team's financial circumstances. Corea also has a trial lined up next month in Turin, should things not work out at Palermo.

"I was at Fiorentina, but they said they couldn't sign me because they already spent multi-million dollars on players," Corea said. "But they want me to come back. Then Juventus is waiting for me."

"At the moment it's been Italy, but my agent is very well connected - one of the best in Italy - so we can try elsewhere like England and Spain. But at the moment I want to sign here just to have a team and start my training process and go from there."

Corea said unlike fellow US U-17 stars Luis Gil and Jack McInerney, he never really considered MLS, after being linked with his local team, Portland Timbers, who will join the US top division next year. The Salvadoran dual-citizen says many members of this generation of Under-17s are looking to go the pro route overseas to challenge themselves as soccer players.

"If I want to grow as a player and be good than I have to go to Europe or South America," said Corea, adding that he had considered a move south of the border along with Carlos Martinez, who played in Nigeria for the U-17 national team. "Carlos is a really good friend of mine," he added.

Though Corea ultimately elected to cross the Atlantic Ocean instead of the southern border, it was another trip south earlier this year that has caused some concern for US fans. After his dual national status garnered the attention of the El Salvador Federation, Corea made a trip the Central American country in January. There, he says he was received like a king, practicing with the El Salvador U-21 team and making a number of appearances in the media.

Despite reports to the contrary, Corea still describes himself as "undecided" on his international future. He says the trip to El Salvador, and the attention of the press and the Salvadorans, are the main factors that have him reconsidering playing for the small country instead of the US

"I have a lot on my mind about that," Corea said. "There's nothing like the treatment in El Salvador. They just haven't heard of someone having an opportunity in Europe and being half Salvadoran."
Friday April 16, 2010 10:46 pm
in a way, i can understand where he is coming from. as a first generation american myself, i can understand him being undecided about the situation. him wanting to play for el salvador is because, of the recognition he would get their unlike here and because of family. the only recognition he would get here are from USSOCCER fans, which is good ,but it wouldn`t be mainstream recognition. but at the end i think the best choice would be for him to play for USA for obvious reasons, one because he was born and raised here and another, he has a way better chance of playing in the world cup playing for the US than for el salvador because at the end, every player`s dream is to play in the world cup, even if it means playing for a national team that wasn`t your first option.
Tuesday March 2, 2010 9:30 pm
Mark, please check Hugo Perez, maybe the first ever playmaker for the US national team. Guess what? he was born in El Salvador and played for the US MNT for 10 years. He was a headache to other teams. He played along Balboa and other great talents that began to expose US Soccer to the world.

Here is some info for you........................................

Hugo Ernesto Pérez (born November 8, 1963) is a former Salvadoran American soccer midfielder. During his fourteen year career, he played professionally in the United States, France, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and his native El Salvador. Although born in El Salvador, he gained his U.S. citizenship as a youth and earned 73 caps, scoring sixteen goals, with the U.S. national team between 1984 and 1994. He was a member of the U.S. team at the both the 1988 Summer Olympics and the 1994 FIFA World Cup. He was the 1991 U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008.

As you can see there were others...and more will come! Truly I would like to see the US to become a soccer power in the world but we need to be open minded. Alvarez should had been a great fit for the US
Monday March 1, 2010 3:13 pm
John, in an absolute USA national team, only Argentinian or Uruguyan decendents have played in recent memory for a USA men absolute team, I would say since maybe 95. apart from gringo Torres or Berstain, what non uruguayan or Argentinian decendent have played for a USA senior team in the past 20 yrs?
Friday February 26, 2010 11:06 pm
FYI........Dustin is getting your attention but there are several salvadorean players in the younger teams in Sevilla FC(Spain), River Plate(Argentina), Pachuca(Mexico) and in other europen and south american countries.....he is good but not the best....wait a couple of years and you will see the talents of those young guys in Sevilla FC.
John Lopez
Friday February 26, 2010 9:09 pm
Mark I have alot to say to you man. First if Alvarez would have stayed available for the US he would have got called this year. Players need to have patience and work hard to play for the Selection. Corea didn't make it but several other hispanics did to the U-17( Luis Gil, Marlon Duran, Carlos Martinez, and Victor Chavez) The US system is changining and getting more hispanics involved. I really want Orozco and Gonzalez to play for the US but if they are not ready then there is nothing that can be done about that. You think Hispanics do not play for the US?? Guess you don't know about Claudio Reyna, Pablo Mastroeni, Alejandro Bedoya, and Jose Torres. Like I said before the US System is changing. I know how poor the system is now but it is changing and hispanic americans like me and several others are gonna make sure our people are involved and our voices are heard.
Friday February 26, 2010 12:48 pm
the reporter is the one saying he was treated like a king. there aren't any quotes of him actually saying that. just that he was very well received in ES.
Friday February 26, 2010 8:42 am
we don't have the money to sign you is a nice way of saying 'we'll pass'
Thursday February 25, 2010 10:03 pm
players with his talent is what is going to resurge El Salvador national team, ES was the youngest team in the hexagonal and gave a heck of a battle to everyoe, a couple results here and there against trinidad and Honduas, could have put ES in the WC.

USA suffered to beat ES in the qualifier, and despite all their europe base players US had, weren't much better than ES.

ES is now scouting young Salv-americans in the US, something they never did, mark my words, ES will no longer be the push over; in a few years they will again be a power house in concacaf like were in the 70's and 80's.

Stop feeling bad because Dustin has shown interest in ES, the cruel reality is that hispanic players are a no no in the US national teams.... what happened in the most recent roster that played ES last night? we we all know OROZCO and GONZALEZ were the sacrificed ones and got cut a couple days before the game.... by the way ROGERS who was chosen over ARTURO ALVAREZ, showed nothing last night, just an ethusiastic player, nothing out of the ordinary, definitely not a better player than ALVAREZ.

lets stop kidding ourself, Dustin was also left out by a less talented player w/ the US U-17 national team, its pretty obvious what is going on....instead of saying negative things such as "sit at home and watch the world cup w/ El Salvador on tv" just wish them the best, maybe the region gets more competitive, I applaud ES for trying to improve, and search for salv-american players who deserve an opportunity that apparently is being denied, God knows what their sin might be?
Thursday February 25, 2010 9:41 pm
This sounds great, and if it worked out for him that would be awesome, but let's not get ahead of ourselves. Some other YA legends who were "this close" to signing pro contracts in Serie A include Joe Lapira, Greg Dalby (wasn't it Lazio who swore they would have signed him if it weren't for their non-EU limit, or was it Siena?) and, more recently, Vincenzo Bernardo. Things like this have to be taken in stride, especially for a 17 year old kid.
Thursday February 25, 2010 3:39 pm
i guess his agent has not taught him proper etiquette when speaking to the media. Go play play over the KING and fall everytime a game of importance is played by El Salvador.
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