One of the most impressive emerging stars for the U.S. national team at this year’s Concacaf Gold Cup has been Joe Corona, a Californian of Mexican and Salvadoran descent. Corona scored the second goal in the Americans’ 5-1 rout of El Salvador in the Gold Cup quarterfinal on Sunday.
Though Corona represents the U.S. internationally, he plays his club soccer for the Xolos in Tijuana, and considers himself both Mexican and American. He was born in California, moving to San Diego when he was 11.
Corona is a great example of what U.S. national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann says American looks like. "The senior national team will look like what America looks like,” the German told ESPN. “It's a melting pot. And I think this is wonderful."