TIJUANA, BC.- Around the 89th minute of the game between US and Guatemala, the score board already showed a 3-1, which would put the stars and stripes team in the Concacaf final qualifying rounds to Brazil’s World Cup 2014; Jurgen Klinsmann, United States head coach then sent Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles midfielder Joe Corona to warm up.
At the 89th minute Edward Johnson came out, and for the first time in an official game Corona came in to play, proudly wearing the U.S. jersey.
Xolos midfielder would only play for 4 minutes, but showed his skills and for the time being enjoyed his debut with a victory for his team, sending them to finals.
Corona, who is a Los Angeles, California native had been waiting for his opportunity to make his official debut, and sported the American jersey patiently sitting on the bench during every game.
Corona had previously passed through several teams in San Diego, California, before landing in the reserves squad of Xoloitzcuintles, where he had a great season in Division 3, before making his professional debut with the red and black jersey.
He would later train with the head team and make his debut in the Liga de Ascenso, where he earned his spot as an important element in the eyes of the former head coach Joaquin Del Olmo. While in division 1, Joe Corona would be remembered as the player who scored the first goal for Club Tijuana in the ultimate proving grounds of the Mexican soccer league, which that goal was against Monarcas Morelia.
These good performances earned him a call from the U.S. National Team, where he was placed with the SUB 23(players of that age or less), before debuting in his first friendly game against Scotland.
Corona has a long road ahead of him to earn a starter spot for the United States, but the final qualifying rounds will be a good test to earn him a pass to a Brazil 2014, making him the first player from Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles to play in a world cup.
Translation : Joy.Ruvalcaba@sandiegored.com /