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Heading into Tuesday night’s match with Mexico, there was wide speculation that Joe Corona would finally get his chance to make an impression with the USMNT squad under Klinsmann.
However, that didn’t happen.
Corona, who is regularly called up by Klinsmann, has only made three appearances in the Klinsmann era. The first was a 22-minute cameo against Scotland last summer. The other two caps were stoppage time appearances, and one of those may have had an ulterior motive. Against Guatemala in October, Corona was brought in as the final seconds of the game ticked away. Because the game was a World Cup qualifier, those few seconds of playing time cap-tied Corona to the USMNT forever (at the time, Corona was also eligible to represent Mexico and El Salvador internationally).
With Graham Zusi struggling in his most recent appearances, slotting Corona in on the wing seemed to make sense. However, Klinsmann opted to go with Zusi again (a choice that was vindicated by Zusi’s play). When Klinsmann did make substitutions on the wings, he inserted Brad Davis and Brek Shea—not Corona.
While Corona is a regular starter for Liga MX champions Tijuana, he can’t even earn a proper run-out under Klinsmann.