Joe Corona is going home.
Amid rumors that he would sign with LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer, Tijuana announced earlier today that he would be returning to the club where he got his professional start.
Corona’s career with Xolos started in 2010, helping the club earn promotion to the Primera División Mexicana the following year. He was an integral part of the 2012 Apertura team that won the first (and so far only) Liga MX title in Xolos history.
Corona had been out on loan from Tijuana, first to Veracruz in 2015 and then to Dorados de Sinaloa for the entirety of 2016. Corona’s return fills the hole left at attacking midfielder by Gabriel Hauche, who himself was sent on loan to Toluca yesterday.
A dual national, Corona has featured for the United States Men’s National Team, however his lack of playing time with a first division club paired with the tumultuous reign of Jurgen Klinsmann meant that Corona’s USMNT stock had plummeted. His last appearances for the Yanks was in a friendly against Honduras in October 2014.