In an interview with TUDN, Tijuana Xolos Manager Miguel Herrera revealed that Joe Corona was back with the border city team after nearly five years away from the Liga MX.
After nearly a decade with Club Tijuana, the San Diego native played in MLS with LA Galaxy, Houston Dynamo, Swedish club GIF Sundsvall, and his hometown, San Diego Loyal.
Corona has been training with the Xoloitzcuintles this off-season and has earned a spot on the team roster ahead of the start of the 2024 Clausura season.
Miguel Herrera knows Corona very well from his time in Liga MX, and the San Diego native even visited the Xolos’ manager while still being a San Diego Loyal player.
In this past USL Championship season, the 33-year-old played 32 games for the San Diego Loyal and provided four goals and three assists.
Corona can function as a box-to-box midfielder but excels more on the offensive side of play, providing creativity to any team he is a part of.
The veteran midfielder now comes in at another stage of his career, as he will provide leadership and plenty of depth to Tijuana’s midfield.
Miguel Herrera had his midfield set for most of last season, with Christian Rivera and Fernando Madrigal receiving most of the playing time. However, “Piojo” toggled with the third midfield spot throughout the season, and this is where Corona is likely to fight for playing time.
Club Tijuana starts its 2024 Clausura season against Club America, but the current Liga MX champions are reportedly fielding an alternate squad against the Border City Dogs this Saturday, January 13.
Francisco, 26, Chula Vista/Tijuana. I have been a Padres fan all my life, did most of the series previews and recaps in the Padres’ 2016 season for EVT. Now I focus more on the local soccer scene. Tijuana Xolos, San Diego Loyal, San Diego Wave.