LA Galaxy announce signing of USMNT veteran Joe Corona

America's Joe Corona holds his team's trophy after defeating Cruz Azul in the final Mexico soccer league championship match at Azteca stadium in Mexico City, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
Corona helped Club America win a Liga MX title last season while on loan from Tijuana. (AP/Rebecca Blackwell)

U.S. men’s national team midfielder Joe Corona has agreed to a contract with the LA Galaxy, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday.

Corona is expected to be available for LA’s next MLS match, at FC Dallas on Saturday, pending the receipt of signed paperwork by MLS. The club announced the signing officially on Twitter:

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The 28-year-old joins the Galaxy from Mexican Liga MX club Tijuana. Corona made 180 league appearances for the Xolos after turning pro out of San Diego State University in 2010, helping Tijuana to an Apertura title two years later. He won another Liga MX crown last December while on loan to Club America.’s Ives Galarcep reported last month that Corona, who has seen little playing time under new Xolos (and ex-FCD) manager Oscar Pareja since returning from Club America, was eyeing a move to MLS.

Corona had spent his entire club career south of the border. But the Galaxy almost signed Corona once before, in 2016, and retained his rights within the league. Corona is expected to join Mexican star Jonathan dos Santos and fellow U.S. national teamer Sebastian Lletget in coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto’s three man midfield. The Galaxy is desperate to make the playoffs this season after missing out the last two years. LA, which has won a record five MLS Cups, bought out the contract of Giovani dos Santos, Jonathan’s brother, late last week.

At the international level, Corona has made 23 appearances for the USMNT since his debut in 2012, including three last year. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Tijuana and San Diego, Corona’s last cap came in a 1-1 draw against France on the eve of the 2018 World Cup, which Les Bleus went on to win. He has scored three goals for the U.S.

Doug McIntyre covers soccer for Yahoo Sports. Follow him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.

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