Joe Corona

Gringo Report: Corona's int'l future still up in the air

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — “The one that got away” may not be totally gone just yet.

Club Tijuana winger Joe Corona told the club’s website that he enjoyed his time with Mexico’s Under-22 squad, but that he is not deciding anything yet on his international future.

Los Angeles-born Corona made his international debut when he came on for 10 minutes in Mexico’s U-22 team’s game against Chile on September 7, but he is still eligible for both the United States and El Salvador (where his mother was born).

“I think it is a little early to decide,” said the 21-year-old. “If the case is that it does not work out [with Mexico] for whatever reason, the doors are always open to whichever [national team] really wants to give me the opportunity.”

Corona was part of the Mexican U-22 squad that is preparing for the Pan American Games in Guadalajara next month and the Olympics in London next July and August.

Corona and Tijuana welcome Herculez Gomez’s Estudiantes Tecos to the border city on Sunday (3 pm Eastern Time) in a vital relegation battle for both sides.

Tom Marshall can be reached at or via Twitter: @mexicoworldcup

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