Joe Corona hoping to ride Club Tijuana form into U.S. team

Joe Corona wants to leverage positive form for the Xolos in the Copa Libertadores and crack into the U.S. national team.
TIJUANA – Jurgen Klinsmann wants members of the U.S. national team playing at the highest level. In this hemisphere, competition doesn't get any tougher than the Copa Libertadores, so Joe Corona hopes Klinsmann takes note of his play against South America's finest.

Corona, the starting playmaker for Club Tijuana, thinks that games of the caliber like the one against Club World Cup champion Corinthians might push him into national team contention.

Xolos surprisingly won Liga MX last year, earning a spot in the Copa Libertadores. Thus far, they have won three out of three in the group stages.

"Xolos has opened the door for international games, like this cup," Corona said. "I know that having good performances here, that's a way that the U.S. national team is going to keep looking at me."

Corona missed out on the latest U.S. roster, for the World Cup qualifier against Honduras, but club teammate Edgar Castillo made the trip. The left back will miss the next two weeks, starting with the 1-0 win over Corinthians on Wednesday, with facial fractures suffered against Atlas in league play.

"We know Edgar, he's a great player," Corona said. "He does a lot for this team. He supports [the attack] a lot."

Castillo may not return in time to feature for the United States against Costa Rica on March 22.

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