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LA Galaxy Sign Dynamic USMNT Midfielder Joe Corona

Joe Corona warms up before the USMNT v Jamaica Gold Cup Final | Photo by Jorge Galvez for The Stoppage Time | July 26, 2017
LA Galaxy Sign Dynamic USMNT Midfielder Joe Corona

The LA Galaxy added USMNT midfielder Joe Corona from Club Tijuana on Tuesday. He was signed using Targeted Allocation Money.

After selling Ola Kamara to the Chinese Super League and buying out Giovani dos Santos, the Galaxy was in dire need of attacking reinforcements.

Joe Corona, a two-time Liga MX champion, was not getting much playing time with Xolos after his loan spell with Club America concluded. In addition, he was entering the final year of his contract with Xolos. The 28-year-old will get plenty of run with Los Angeles, especially with injuries to Romain Alessandrini and Sebastian Lletget.

β€œJoe is an experienced and quality player who can immediately address an area of need for our club,” said LA Galaxy General Manager Dennis te Kloese. β€œI am familiar with Joe from his time in Liga MX and think he can be an impactful player on our roster. We are excited to welcome Joe to our team and look forward to his contributions.”

Corona brings a dynamic style of play to the LA Galaxy. He’ll bring plenty of international experience, 23 caps for the USMNT and 195 Liga MX matches under his belt. Although he last represented the Stars and Stripes in June 2018, he’s been a part of two Gold Cup winning squads.

With Corona on board, a midfield pairing with Jonathan dos Santos, a healthy Lletget and Alessandrini plus exciting wingers Ema Boateng, Uriel Antuna and Efrain Alvarez will give the LA Galaxy plenty of attacking options.

The former San Diego State player becomes the latest American to leave Liga MX for MLS, as Alejandro Guido joined LAFC last week and DC United’s Paul Arriola joined in 2017.

Joe Corona could be available for Saturday’s match against FC Dallas.

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