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MNT Weekend TV Schedule: Race for the World Cup Roster

The countdown clock continues to tick as the May deadline for FIFA World Cup-bound nations to submit their preliminary 30-man tournament rosters draws ever closer. U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann stating that, “The door remains open till the very last day,” for U.S. players in leagues all over the world, so the pressure to put in eye-catching performances increases with each match.

While, MLS-based players are gearing up for the domestic season, players abroad find themselves beginning their club campaigns in Mexico or cutting through the meat of seasons across Europe. With games taking place all over the globe from Friday night to Monday afternoon, Klinsmann and his staff will fan out across Europe to take in a couple games in person.

On Saturday, some of the coaches will pay a visit to Nurnberg to watch defender Timmy Chandler lace up his boots for a go-round with visiting Bayern Munich. GolTV will air the match live at 9:30 a.m. ET in the United States.

A second group will set up shop at St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England, to check out Geoff Cameron and visiting Stoke City battle the Saints. The match will be available live on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

Fans who wish to do some scouting of their own can check out the following list of games that will be broadcast in the United States this weekend, featuring up to 13 U.S. MNT players who will be looking to impress as the competition for a World Cup roster spot continues to heat up:

U.S. Men’s National Team on TV (all times ET) :

FRIDAY
ESPN Deportes
TIJUANA-MONTERREY (live) 10:30 p.m. (Liga MX)
Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona, Herculez Gomez

SATURDAY
GolTV
NÜRNBERG-BAYERN MUNICH (live) 9:30 a.m. (Bundesliga)
Timmy Chandler

NBC Sports Live Extra
SOUTHAMPTON-STOKE CITY (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Geoff Cameron

ASTON VILLA-WEST HAM (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Brad Guzan

SUNDERLAND-HULL CITY (live) 10 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Jozy Altidore

SUNDAY
USA Network
TOTTENHAM-EVERTON (live) 8:30 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Tim Howard

USA NETWORK, mun2
MANCHESTER UNITED-FULHAM (live) 11 a.m. (Barclays Premier League)
Clint Dempsey

ESPN Deportes
PUEBLA-CHIVAS (live) 1 p.m. (Liga MX)
DaMarcus Beasley, Michael Orozco

GolTV
SCHALKE-HANNOVER (live) 11:30 p.m. (Bundesliga)
Steve Cherundolo

MONDAY
beIN SPORTS

NANTES-LYON (delay) 12:30 p.m. (League1)
Alejandro Bedoya

U.S. Men's National Team Advances to Semifinals with 5-1 Win against El Salvador

  • Landon Donovan Assists on First, Third and Fifth Goals, Sets Up the Second and Scores the Fourth
  • Substitute Eddie Johnson Seals Game with 16th International Goal on His First Touch of Match after Just 15 Seconds on the Field
  • USA’s Semifinal Opponent on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. ET at Cowboys Stadium Will be Winner of Honduras-Costa Rica Match

BALTIMORE, Md. (July 21, 2013) – The U.S. Men’s National Team advanced to the semifinal of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 5-1 victory against El Salvador as defender Clarence Goodson, midfielders Joe Corona and Mix Diskerud and forwards Eddie Johnson and Landon Donovan scored for the Americans in front of a huge crowd at M&T Bank Stadium.

With the win, the USA moves on to the final four of the tournament where it will face the winner of the Honduras-Costa Rica match, which is the second quarterfinal of the day. The USA’s semifinal will be held at Cowboys Stadium on Wednesday, July 24 with a kickoff at 7 p.m. ET and broadcast live on Fox Soccer. Fans can also follow along on ussoccer.com’s MatchTracker and on Twitter @ussoccer.

The U.S. Men’s National Team also extended its record winning streak to nine games, a mark initially broken after the USA defeated Costa Rica 1-0 on July 16 for its eighth win in a row. The five goals also upped the USA’s total for the tournament to 16, the most scored in a CONCACAF Gold Cup by a U.S. team, beating its previous high of 13 scored in 2003 (accomplished in five games) and in 2007 (six games).

The USA had the vast majority of possession throughout the match, and if not for a fantastic first-half performance from El Salvador goalkeeper Dagoberto Portillo, the game would have been decided well before the break.

Donovan started his fifth consecutive match since returning to the U.S. National Team and once again he proved to be a difference-maker.

The USA capitalized on its territorial advantage in the 21st minute, scoring its first goal off a perfectly executed set play from a short corner kick. Midfielder Jose Torres played the corner short to Donovan, who passed back to Michael Parkhurst above the right corner of the penalty area. Donovan then made a sneaky run behind the Salvadoran defenders and was rewarded with a perfect chip from Parkhurst. Donovan took the ball down on his chest near the end line and cut a cross back into the middle, through the legs of defender Jose Henriquez and right to Goodson, who smashed his first-time shot into the open net from six yards out.

U.S. goalkeeper Nick Rimando returned to the nets after giving way to Sean Johnson during the USA’s final group game and came up with a fantastic double save in the 26th minute to keep the USA ahead. Rodolfo Zelaya got free down the left to cross on the ground to Mark Blanco, but Rimando made a point blank kick save on the wide-open attempt and then was up on his feet in an instant to scramble across the goal and make a diving save at the left post, pushing the second shot – a strike from 18 yards out – just outside the post for a corner kick, which he promptly grabbed in traffic.

Donovan was the catalyst for the second goal as well, taking a pass on the left side and turning toward goal at speed. A nifty feint to the inside created some space, and he made a short square pass along the top of the top of the penalty area to Chris Wondolowski, who in turn squared the ball to Corona. The U.S. midfielder put his defender on the ground with a sharp fake and then slid his shot into the lower left corner of the net from 16 yards out for his second goal of the tournament and second international goal.

El Salvador pulled a goal back in the 39th minute after Zelaya’s dynamic run eluded three U.S. defenders with a lateral dribble across the penalty area. It ended when U.S. captain DaMarcus Beasley stepped in front of the fast-moving Zelaya, who bundled into him, resulting in a penalty kick. Zelaya stepped up to take the kick himself, sending a soft chip up the middle as Rimando dove to his left.

El Salvador came out of the break with extra energy and initially put some dangerous pressure on the U.S. back line, but a 60th minute substitute of Johnson for Wondolowski immediately paid off. Johnson entered the game at 59 minutes and 30 seconds as the USA was setting up for a corner kick and headed the ball home just 15 seconds later. Donovan took the corner short to Torres, who stopped the ball, allowing Donovan to bend a service into the middle. Johnson, who had jogged from the sideline into the pack of players in the penalty area, sliced through to crush his header into the upper left corner.

As a hard rain began to fall in Baltimore, Donovan added the fourth goal in the 78th minute, and it originated off a long kick from Rimando. Johnson flicked the ball on with his head into the path of the streaking Donovan, and the USA’s all-time leading scorer did the rest, rounding Portillo to the right on the breakaway and slipping his shot into the open net.

On a night when the USA could have scored more than a few more goals, Mix Diskerud added the last score in the 84th minute with a well-placed six-yard header off a short chipped cross that came from Donovan in the right side of the penalty area.

Additional Notes:

  • With the win, the USA has now advanced to the semifinal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the seventh consecutive time, and 11 times out of 12 total.
  • Clarence Goodson, a University of Maryland product who was enjoying a homecoming of sorts, scored his fifth goal in a U.S. uniform. He has scored three of those five in the Gold Cup, and has now scored in three different Gold Cup tournaments (2009, 2011 and 2013).
  • The one-goal, three-assist night gave Donovan 54 goals and 55 assists for his career. Donovan now has five goals and seven assists in five matches since his return to the National Team.
  • Matt Besler, who was one of four players added to the roster after the group stage, started in central defense with Clarence Goodson before giving way to Michael Orozco in the 75th minute.
  • Nick Rimando played his third career game against El Salvador, including his debut for the MNT, a 2-1 win Nov. 17, 2002, in Washington, D.C.
  • The victory extended the USA’s overwhelming advantage to 16-1-5 in the lifetime series against El Salvador dating back to 1977. The U.S. has scored 51 goals in those matches.
  • This was the fifth meeting in the Gold Cup between the two teams (1996, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2013), and the first time the Central Americans have scored on the USA.

-U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report-

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. El Salvador
Date: July 21, 2013
Competition: CONCACAF Gold Cup – Quarterfinal
Venue: M&T Bank Stadium – Baltimore, Md.
Kickoff: 4:06 p.m. ET
Attendance: TBD
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 87 degrees

Scoring Summary:    1 2 F
USA                            2 3 5
SLV                             1 0 1

USA – Clarence Goodson (Landon Donovan)        21st minute
USA – Joe Corona (Chris Wondolowski)               29
SLV – Rodolfo Zelaya (penalty kick)                     39
USA – Eddie Johnson (Landon Donovan)             60
USA – Landon Donovan (Eddie Johnson)             78
USA – Mix Diskerud (Landon Donovan)                84

Lineups:
USA: 1-Nick Rimando; 15-Michael Parkhurst, 25-Matt Besler (4-Michael Orozco Fiscal, 75), 21-Clarence Goodson, 7-DaMarcus Beasley (capt.); 14-Kyle Beckerman, 8-Mix Diskerud; 6-Joe Corona, 16-Jose Torres (23-Brek Shea, 66), 10-Landon Donovan; 19-Chris Wondolowski (26-Eddie Johnson, 60)
Substitutions Not Used: 2-Edgar Castillo, 11-Stuart Holden, 12-Sean Johnson,13-Tony Beltran, 17-Will Bruin, 20-Alejandro Bedoya,22-Bill Hamid, 27-Alan Gordon
Head coach: Jurgen Klinsmann

SLV: 1-Dagoberto Portillo; 2-Moises Garcia, 3-Victor Turcios, 23-Jose Henriquez, 16-Marcelo Posadas; 12-Andres Flores, 6-Richard Menjivar, 7-Darwin Ceren, 8-William Romero (9-Rafael Burgos, 46); 17-Mark Blanco (10-Kevin Santamaria, 46), 11-Rodolfo Zelaya (19-Gerson Mayen, 73)
Subs not used: 4-Steven Purdy, 5-Jose Granadino, 13-Alexander Larin, 14-Dustin Corea, 15-Darwin Bonilla, 18-Benji Villalobos, 20-Josue Flores, 21-Nestor Renderos, 22-Derby Carrillo
Head Coach: Alberto Agustin Castillo

Stats Summary: USA / SLV
Shots: 20 / 12
Shots on Goal: 10 / 4
Saves: 3 / 5
Corner Kicks: 8 / 2
Fouls: 12 / 14
Offside: 3 / 4

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Clarence Goodson (caution)           15th minute
SLV – Darwin Ceren (caution)                  68

Officials:
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Louisville (SUR)
Fourth Official: David Gantar (CAN)

Budweiser Man of the Match: Landon Donovan


The Three Amigos

A Liga MX championship. A quarterfinal finish in Copa Libertadores. A spot in the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League. This would be a fantastic feat for the most storied clubs in Mexico, and even more remarkable for the fledgling club just south of the border called Club Tijuana, or more commonly Xolos. It’s that achievement that brought Herculez Gomez to the club he now calls home.

It was a novelty idea with Tijuana when they got to the First Division. But then they just starting get after it in every sense,” said Gomez. “In two years, they’ve won a Liga MX title, made a deep run into the Copa Libertadores, and now they are in the CONCACAF Champions League. Their brief history at this level has been nothing short of remarkable. I have friends in this area and they tell me Xolos is absolutely running this region. They put their stamp on this area and to see what they’ve become is something special and even more so now that I am part of it.”

Gomez now makes one part of “The Three Amigos”, along with fellow U.S. internationals Edgar Castillo and Joe Corona. They are a part of a growing number of Mexican-Americans having an influence on this unique club, highlighting the special place Xolos holds for fans on both sides of the border.

“People love soccer in Tijuana very much, and they have a lot of pride in Xolos,” said Castillo. “In less than a year we won a Liga MX championship and we did good in the Copa Libertadores, so now our club has a good name in Mexico and it feels like we’re a big team.”

For Corona, who scored in the promotion playoff finals two years ago and played in the championship games against Toluca a year later, having the U.S. National Team players on the squad sends an important message.

“It’s cool that we have three players from the U.S. National Team now on one team. A lot of kids in the younger teams in the club can look up to us,” said Corona.  “Herc would ask me how it was in Tijuana and asked if he would fit into it. He already lived in San Diego when he was younger, and now having him over also gives Tijuana an identity. Now Mexican-Americans know this is a good place to get an opportunity.”

As Gomez sees it, Castillo and Corona are great role models for the Mexican-American kids to follow.

“When you talk about Edgar and Joe, they embody everything you’d want in a pro,” said Gomez. “They’re two very young and promising players and I love what they stand for. As a Chicano growing up, I didn’t have many players to look up to but know with players like Joe and Edgar there are players kids can look up to.”

The first of the trio to arrive at Club Tijuana, Corona still lives in San Diego and crosses the border for training and games. It made the transition for Castillo that much easier when he joined the team.

“I get along with Joe really well,” Castillo said.  “He’s my roommate at Xolos and I go to his house every week.  His mom makes great pupusas, and it’s always good to have a home-cooked meal.”

The bond between the two has been strong, and Corona believes the addition of Gomez to the squad will help their performance for both club and country.

“Edgar and Herculez are great players,” Corona said. “It’s been a great experience playing side-by-side with Edgar, and we know each other really well on and off the field. I am just looking forward to next season, and having Herc with us will allow us to get to know each other better so when we’re called into the National Team we already have that familiarity, chemistry and commitment.”

That chemistry and commitment was another huge factor in the decision for Gomez to make his way to the border.

“In Mexico, soccer is a business and many of the locker rooms down there are not tight knit or feel like a family,” Gomez said.  “The one thing Edgar and Joe told me was how awesome the locker room was and that was very important to me. I have only been there about a week but you can already tell how they get along, they’re friends and genuinely like one another. Everything has come together for them and it’s been awesome. To be honest, they were influential in me coming to Xolos.

Clearly it’s going to be a special for the trio Friday night when they get to represent the United States in front of both sets of their hometown fans.  Gomez began his career in San Diego, and he proud to see what his teammates have accomplished.

“If you look at Joe, he’s local boy doing good. He’s a hometown hero and he’s wearing it very well,” said Gomez. “To see what him and Edgar are doing in Liga MX and now breaking into the National Team, they are about to explode onto the scene, and for the people in this region it’s very exciting to see them up close and personal.”

MNT in Action Today

Fans that can’t wait to see the U.S. Men’s National Team in action again starting on May 29 can get a taste today as MNT players are involved in some crucial fixtures today. Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona and Club Tijuana look to continue their magical run in Copa Libertadores in the first leg of the quarterfinals at home against Atlético Mineiro (that game can be seen at 8:30 ET on Fox Deportes); and Fabian Johnson, Danny Williams and Hoffenheim face a tough test against Kaiserslautern in the first leg of the German relegation playoffs (That game can be seen at 2:30 ET on Gol TV).

Hoffenheim is going into one of the most important fixtures in club history with an abundance of much needed momentum. In its latest fixture, Hoffenheim earned an impressive 2-1 victory in one of the most thrilling games of the season against German giants and UEFA Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund by converting two late penalty kicks in the final 15 minutes of the match. Hoffenheim also holds the head-to-head advantage with Kaiserslautern, posting four wins and two draws the last six times these sides have met.

Club Tijuana will meet Ronaldinho and top-seeded Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro as considerable underdogs, which has been a central theme for Los Xolos during their unexpected run in Copa Libertadores. Tijuana earned an impressive 2-1 win against Palmeiras, with all goals coming in the second leg on the road in Brazil. To recreate that result in the quarterfinals Tijuana will need to get off to a good start tonight at home, where they have been one of the tournament’s best teams.

Climbing Up The Competition Ladder

Since taking over as head coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team in the summer of 2011, Jurgen Klinsmann has preached the need for U.S. internationals to play at the highest level possible, against the toughest competition and in pressure situations.  Regional cup competitions certainly meet all that criteria, and in that regard this past season was a successful campaign for Americans after 11 players made their mark in some of the most prestigious cup competitions around the globe.

UEFA Champions League

JERMAINE JONES (Schalke): Jones played a crucial role for Schalke during its run in the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League. The German-American played in all but one fixture, helping them win Group B and remain unbeaten through the group stages of the tournament. In the knockout round, Jones scored a crucial equalizing away goal in the first leg against Galatasaray. However, Schalke couldn’t capitalize on their home grounds and were eliminated  4-3 on aggregate.

MICHAEL PARKHURST (Nordsjaelland): Parkhurst started and played every minute of all six group games against Chelsea, Juventus and Shakhtar, and earned a spot on the Champions League Team of the Week from MatchDay 3 following a 1-1 draw against Juventus.

SACHA KLJESTAN (Anderlecht): Played in five of six group games for the Belgian Champions, competing against AC Milan, Malaga and Zenit St. Petersburg.

Europa League

CLINT DEMPSEY (Tottenham Hotspur): Appeared in all six group games as Spurs went unbeaten and finished second in Group J against Lazio, NK Maribor and Panathinaikos. He missed the third round against Olympique Lyon due to injury but returned for the quarterfinals against FC Basel. He scored two goals in the second leg away to Basel and sent the game to extra time with his 82nd minute equalizer;  however, Spurs ultimately fell in penalties.

CONCACAF Champions League  

HERCULEZ GOMEZ (Santos Laguna): Gomez played a crucial role for Santos as they reached the CONCACAF Champions League final before losing to rival side Monterrey 4-2. Herc torched his former league in the tournament, scoring all three of his goals against MLS clubs.

OMAR GONZALEZ (LA Galaxy): Gonzalez played a big role for the Galaxy defense as the reigning MLS Champions made it all the way to the semifinals, where they lost to eventual champions Monterrey. The Galaxy outscored their opposition 12-4 in the early stages of the tournament and Gonzalez anchored the backline and scored on a header in the dominant 4-1 victory in the quarterfinals against Costa Rican side Herediano.

EDDIE JOHNSON (Seattle Sounders): Johnson was a key factor in Seattle’s high octane offense in Champions League play this year. Johnson found the back of the net for a key goal in the Sounders historic 3-2 comeback win against Mexican side Tigres in the quarterfinals, and also scored in the tournament’s early going against Honduran side Marathón.

BRAD DAVIS, TALLY HALL (Houston Dynamo): Davis scored one of the most dramatic goals of the tournament with a last-second tally to give the Dynamo a 1-0 win in the first leg against Herculez Gomez and Santos Laguna. Dynamo goalkeeper Tally Hall performed fantastically in that match, making three impressive saves to keep the clean sheet. The Dynamo duo couldn’t duplicate their home-field success on Mexican soil, however, and Santos eliminated Houston 3-1 on aggregate.

Copa Libertadores

EDGAR CASTILLO, JOE CORONA (Club Tijuana): The Mexican-American duo have helped lead Club Tijuana on a run through the Copa Libertadores and are currently in the quarterfinals after an upset win against Brazilian side Palmeiras in the Round of 16. Castillo and Corona started in both legs of the 2-1 aggregate victory, including the 1-0 win in Sao Paolo. Xolos came out flying in their first entrance in the tournament, winning its first three group games including a 1-0 win at Millonarios in Colombia. Tijuana will play top-seeded Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro in their quarterfinal fixture.

Q & A with Joe Corona

Together with his National Team teammate Edgar Castillo, they helped Tijuana win the Liga MX for the first time in the history of the young club. After the celebrations in Tijuana, Corona took some time to speak with ussoccer.com about the experience of winning the championship and what is next for him and his team.

ussoccer.com: Can you describe how you feel personally and what the atmosphere is like around the team after winning the first title in the history of Club Tijuana?
Joe Corona: “It’s difficult to describe. We feel really happy. It’s a dream come true. Ever since I was little, it’s something I dreamed about. I can’t ask for more. Apart from that, the support from the fans, it’s like everything is coming together at once and I feel very fortunate to be living this moment.”

ussoccer.com: What did the team do after winning the game in Toluca?
JC: “To lift up the cup in Toluca was very exciting. After the game, we celebrated there for a little bit with family members who had traveled for the game. Afterwards we had to leave because our flight was leaving to Tijuana. On the plane there was a lot of happiness, a lot of smiles, music, dancing … it was a party. We were all extremely happy. We got to Tijuana around 1:30 a.m. and went to the stadium. It was almost like we were playing another final. The stadium was packed. All of Tijuana was there waiting for us.”

ussoccer.com: Only a year ago you played in the Ascenso final and won promotion to the first division with Club Tijuana. Does that make this championship more special?
JC: “On a personal level, I felt the same way about the second division championship and this championship. They were both exciting for me. They were important accomplishments in my life. I feel that the simple fact of being in the first division makes this championship a little bit more important but I feel very fortunate. I thank God for blessing me so much. I consider myself to be young and I’m living such great moments, with a new club, and it’s great to be able to make history with a club like this.”

ussoccer.com: Before the first leg of the final, your teammate Edgar Castillo was very confident that the team would win in Tijuana and then travel to Toluca and win there. How did everyone else feel after winning at home? Was everyone equally confident?
JC: “We knew we couldn’t just go out there completely overconfident but like [Edgar] Castillo said, there was an incredible faith amongst the team. We had faith and felt almost like we were already champions. After beating Leon the way we did, we knew that we couldn’t let the chance to play in a final slip by us. You never know when you’ll get another chance to play in a final. The good thing is that we all dreamed about lifting the cup and had incredible faith. That’s what we were confident and felt that we would be champions. I think the whole group felt the same way.”

ussoccer.com: Do you think your time with the National Team helped your contributions to Club Tijuana?
JC: “Yes, of course. I think that being called up by [Jurgen] Klinsmann has helped me a lot. With the U.S. National Team, I feel that I’ve grown as a player and at the same time, it gives me more confidence on the field when I return to Tijuana. I come back to Tijuana with more confidence, and with a little bit more responsibility due to being a National Team player. That makes me happy and at the same time, I like it because it challenges me on a personal level.”

ussoccer.com: What is next for you?
JC: “Now that I’m on vacation, I need to recharge more than anything. We had a very long season. I’m going to rest and try to recharge because the upcoming year is going to be even more interesting. We’ll have the season and important tournaments like Copa Libertadores, and I also need to keep trying to earn a spot on the National Team. It’s going to be a good year and I want to make myself present so that I can be part of the World Cup in 2014.”

ussoccer.com: It’s the first time Tijuana will compete in the Copa Libertadores. How will the team prepare for the additional responsibility of playing in that tournament?
JC: “It’s something that el Turco [Antonio Mohamed] considers to be very important, and so do the team administrators. We know that now that we’ve qualified, we have to go and play well. If we can bring home the cup, we’ll do that, too. We have to prepare ourselves mentally for the trips, rest well, be completely focused and physically prepared to go and have a good year.”

ussoccer.com: U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann has emphasized from the beginning the importance of players playing important games with big clubs. Club Tijuana isn’t exactly a big club, but you just won a final. Do you think Klinsmann would be happy with the work you guys have done with Xolos?
JC: “He has called me up for National Team camps and lately for qualifiers, and I think it’s for that same reason, because our performance at Xolos has been very good. It’s not that Xolos isn’t big. I say that Xolos is new, but is big. It’s a new team but we aspire to big things and I think this season left that very clear. We won the respect of all of Mexico and right now I think it’s one of the clubs that has more ambition than other clubs. I think that’s important. What we do with our club is what gives us the tools to be called in to the National Team.”

Technically gifted and a composed passer, Joe Corona brings another element to Jurgen Klinsmanns midfield options. the 22-year-old, who joined Club Tijuana's reserve team following one campaign at San Jose State, isn't afraid to go at goal and eith shoot or dish. getting his first tast of action for both youth and senior National Teams in 2012, he also started to blossom in his club career as he helped Club Tijuana capture the 2012 Liga MX Torneo Apetura.

  • A dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, he officially became tied to the U.S. team when he played n teh 3-1 win against Guatemala in World Cup qualifying
  • Posted a hat trick against Cuba in the first goup match of the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, and finished the event with four overall
  • Played in the final that earned Tijuana promotion into the Mexican top division, then a year later in the game that clinche its first Liga MX Championship
  • Had the opening goal in teh 2011 Torneo Clausura playoffs of the Liga Ascenso that helped lift Tijuana into Mexico's top flight

2012: Made his full team debut as a reserve in teh 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26 ... Got to be a part of U.S. history when he entered in teh 89th minute of the USA's 1-0 win against Mexico on Aug. 15 at Estadio Azteca ... Replace Eddie Johnson to help finish off the 3-1 win against Guatemala on Oct. 16 that sealed the USA's place in the final round ... Under-23s: Started all three matches in group play of Olympic Qualifying ... Exploded for three goals in teh 6-0 thrashing of Cuba in the opening match on March 22 ... Scored the third goal in the 3-3 draw against El Salvador on March 26 ... Made his U.S. U-23 debut when he played 90 minutes on Feb. 29, 2012, during a 2-0 victory against Mexico's U-23s in Frisco, Texas ... First Appearance: May 26, 2012, vs. Scotland ...  First Goal: None

2012: A mainstay in the squad that lifted the Liga MX chmpionship for the first time in club history, he made eight starts and 14 apperances in the Torneo Apertura ... Started all four games in the playoffs, including the championship clincher on Dec. 2 in Toluca ... Corona continued to have a regular role in the lineup during the Torneo Clausura, making 14 appearances out of 17 games ... Added two goals including the game-winner against Atlante on april 7 ... 2011: Scored the team's first ever goal in Mexico's top division in a 2-1 loss to Monarcas on July 23 ... Made 13 appearances in the first season, six as a starter ... Tallied twice in the promotion playoffs, grabbing his first goal in the 2-2 draw of the quarterfinal first leg at Hidalgo, then performing the same feat in the secodn leg of the final against Irapuato on May 21 that pushed Tijuana into the top flight ... Started in all six matches in teh playoffs .. Appeared in 15 of 17 matches in teh torneo Clausura ... 2010: Made 17 starts and scored his first goal in teh Torneo Apetura in the 2-0 win on Aug. 29 against Alacranes ... Debuted in the Liga de Ascenso on April 3 vs. Necaxa.
Born in Los Angeles, Calif., to a Mexican father and Salvadorian mother ... Plays in Tijuana but still resides in the U.S. and commutes every day.2008: Played one season for the San Diego State Aztecs ... Accumulated seven points in 2008 on three goals and an assist in just 501 minutes ... Played in 15 games earning three starts.
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