Club America competition drives Corona

Joe Corona (pictured) speaks with the press at a Club America training session on January 10, 2018. (Photo: Mexsport)

MEXICO CITY, Mexico – In his first weeks at Club America, United States international Joe Corona has been impressed by the competition between players for starting spots.

The 27-year-old midfielder, who joined the 12-time Mexican champion in December from Club Tijuana, went 90 minutes in the Aguilas’ 2018 Clausura opener, a 1-0 win over host Queretaro.

“The internal competition is good,” Corona said. “There is a lot of quality. I feel good. Ever since I arrived, my teammates have been giving me confidence to do things in the best way. I feel very comfortable in this team.”

He is seeing first-hand what the demands are at a club the size and Club America, understanding that expectations to win both the Liga MX and Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL) are high.

“In this club there is always an obligation to be the champion,” remarked Corona. “It is an institution that demands this of you season to season. I feel that we have a very good squad and it’s in the mind of all of us to be champions.”

Next up for the Aguilas is a home encounter on Saturday against current SCCL champion Pachuca. Corona is eager to get a result that pleases the Estadio Azteca fans.

“Pachuca has been playing well the last several years,” he finished. “We are happy because things started on the right foot, but now we are thinking about Pachuca and opening at home with a win.”


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