Joe Corona

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Corona and the second or maternal family name is Crespín.
Joe Corona
Personal information
Full name Joe Benny Corona Crespín
Date of birth (1990-07-09) July 9, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 15
Youth career
2006–2008 Nomads Academy
2008 San Diego State Aztecs
2009–2010 Tijuana
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010– Tijuana 144 (10)
National team
2011 Mexico U22 1 (0)
2012 United States U23 4 (4)
2012– United States 14 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 February 2015.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 October 2014

Joe Benny Corona (born July 9, 1990) is an American professional soccer player who currently plays for Club Tijuana in Liga MX.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Corona made his first appearance in the 2010 Clausura season and was the first player coming from youth teams to score a goal with the Pro Team on September 2010. He started his career with the Nomads from San Diego, California, following the example of Marcelo Balboa, Frankie Hejduk and Steve Cherundolo, all from the United States men's national soccer team.[citation needed]

During the 2009/2010 season, Corona played 160 minutes in 3 appearances.[2]

During the 2010/2011 season, Corona played/made 39 appearances, including 34 starts, and scored six goals as Tijuana earned promotion to the Primera División. Joe Corona started his first game in Primera Division de Mexico, scoring his team's only goal in a 2–1 loss to Monarcas. On July 30, 2011, Corona scored a goal (2–0) against Rayados de Monterrey. Xolos were up by two but ended up losing that game.

International career[edit]

Due to Joe Corona's unique ethnicity, his parents being of both Mexican and Salvadoran nationality, he was eligible to represent any of the three countries including the United States, as he is a US citizen. He was named to the preliminary roster to represent the United States in a friendly match against Mexico in August 2011 under Bob Bradley, but Bradley was fired before the official roster was announced. Corona stated that if he had been named to the official roster that "I think I would have accepted." Corona accepted a call-up to represent Mexico in a two-legged friendly series against Chile's U22 squad in preparation for the 2011 Pan American Games. Corona only played in the second game and this did not tie him to play for the Mexican team, as the game was not an official FIFA match.[3] Corona did not make the final cut for Mexico's Pan American Games squad, and on November 2, 2011, Corona accepted a call up to the United States U-23 team.

On March 22, 2012, Corona recorded a hat trick in the Olympic qualifying match in a 6–0 victory over Cuba. In the final group stage match, Corona scored to give the Americans a 3–2 lead over El Salvador; however, a late El Salvador goal earned a draw and eliminated the Americans from contention for the 2012 Olympic Games.

On May 26, 2012, Corona made his debut for the United States men's national soccer team in a friendly against Scotland, coming on in the 68th minute as a sub. On October 16, 2012, Corona made his first official appearance, coming on as a sub in a 2014 World Cup qualifying match against Guatemala, permanently cap-tying him to the United States National Soccer Team.

U.S Men's National Team & Lack of Minutes with Xolos[edit]

Corona found himself on the end of the bench at Club Tijuana during the Apertura 2013 season, with his playing time having vanished and his standing with the national team suddenly in jeopardy. Corona went many matches without playing a single minute, having been reduced to playing time in CONCACAF Champions League matches. He fell behind 18-year-old American prospect Paul Arriola on the Xolos depth chart during the Apertura 2013 season, and even further behind regular starter Javier Guernez in the plans of Club Tijuana head coach Jorge Almiron.

Career Injury[edit]

On October 17, 2014 the breaking news in the soccer world broke with indications that US international Joe Corona left Estadio Caliente on crutches after the game, as Club Tijuana came from behind to defeat Ronaldinho’s Querétaro 2-1. Corona and Greg Garza both came off the bench – with Xolos behind – after an hour, but the former was forced off 13 minutes later with what looked liked a serious injury to his right foot. Garza and Corona had just returned to their respective club after playing for the US Men's National Team in two friendly matches. Early reports in the media the following day indicated that Corona had fractured the fifth metatarsal bone of his right foot. Corona was placed on the Xolo's disable list and underwent surgery to repair the fracture on October 28, 2014. He returned to practice with his team Club Xolos in January, under strict supervision in preparation for the Clausura Torneo ( Tournament) 2015. As for the USA Men's National team he continues to be a top contender for which he was already brewing to become, as a regular starter prior to his foot injury.

Personal life[edit]

Joe Corona is of Mexican and Salvadoran descent. His mother was born in El Salvador (Janira Corona), and his father in Mexico (Angel Corona). He has one sibling (a sister). In several media interviews, Joe Corona has stated he feels more Mexican-American and rooted into the Mexican culture, this in part because his mother whom was born in El Salvador, never instilled the Salvadorian culture to him. These comments caused a huge uproar in the Salvadoran community both in the U.S. and abroad. Many in the media accused him of not being proud of his heritage, while others embraced the comments and supported his attachment to the Mexican heritage. He was born in Los Angeles, California, and as a young boy moved to Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. He later moved to San Diego, where he attended Sweetwater High School in National City. He graduated and received a scholarship to attend San Diego State University. Corona scored three goals and had an assist in 15 games with the Aztecs in 2008.[4] He resides in the border town of San Ysidro.

International goals[edit]

As of December 14, 2014 [5]
Scores and results list USA's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. July 13, 2013 Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, USA  Cuba 2–1 4–1 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup
2. July 21, 2013 M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, USA  El Salvador 2–0 5–1 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup


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