Chicago. Illinois - Former San Diego State men’s soccer standout Joe Corona has been named to the 30-player preliminary roster for the United States 2014 FIFA World Cup team, head coach Jurgen Klinsmann recently announced.
From this list, a group of 23 players will be selected by June 2 for the final World Cup roster that will compete in Brazil beginning June 16 against Ghana. Corona is one of 10 midfielders to make the cut, as each player on the preliminary roster will report to training camp on May 14 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
“It’s been an incredible journey and everyone has worked tremendously hard,” Klinsmann said in a release. “We had some difficult decisions to make, and we’re very excited about the 30 players coming into camp. There is competition at every position, and these next couple of weeks will allow us to make the final determinations on the best 23-man unit to represent the United States in the World Cup.”
Corona played for the CONCACAF Gold Cup team last summer, lifting the U.S. to its fifth Gold Cup title by defeating Panama, 1-0, on July 29. The Chula Vista, Calif., native started and played 68 minutes in the championship match. He’s also made previous appearances in World Cup qualifying games for the U.S. Men’s National Team.
The standout midfielder played one season at San Diego State before joining Club Tijuana of Liga MX, recording seven points on three goals and one assist in 501 minutes on Montezuma Mesa. He appeared in 15 matches with three starts.