Joe Corona has played for an in-the-works version of Mexico's Olympic team. Now he has the chance to do so for an American version.
The Club Tijuana midfielder, born in Los Angeles and raised in San Diego's South Bay, is one of 31 players on new U.S. under-23 national team coach Caleb Porter's first roster, for a camp that opens Monday in Duisburg, Germany. The U-23 team will take part in qualifying next March for the 2012 London Olympics.
Corona took part in a weeklong camp with Mexico's U-22 side in early September after a planned call-up to the U.S. national team was scuttled by Bob Bradley's dismissal as manager.
Jurgen Klinsmann, the new U.S. coach, said he hoped to get good young players with U.S. eligibility involved in the “youth” national teams program, and Corona's call-up certainly accomplishes this.
The roster also features Chivas USA rookie Zarek Valentin, who played for Porter on last year's NCAA championship team at the University of Akron, Galaxy academy star Jose Villareal (Inglewood/Leuzinger HS) and 1860 Munich forward Bobby Wood (Irvine), one of 20 European-based players on the roster.
Seven of the 20 Europeans are real Europeans -- born and raised in Europe but with American roots. Six of those seven are from Germany, which has contributed five players to the full U.S. national team pool.
Former U.S. national team star Claudio Reyna, U.S. Soccer's youth technical director, will run the camp in Duisburg. Porter's Akron side is preparing to defend its title in the NCAA tournament, which begins later this month.
The full roster (with club and hometown):
G David Bingham (San Jose Earthquakes; Pleasanton)
G Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire, Lilburn, Ga.)
G Jon Kempin (Sporting Kansas City; Leawood, Kan.)
D Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis)
D Zarek Valentin (Chivas USA; Lancaster, Pa.)
D Ethan White (D.C. United; Kensington, Md.)
M Dilly Duka (Columbus Crew; Montville, N.J.),
M Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas)
M Jose Villarreal (Galaxy; Inglewood)
F Omar Salgado (Vancouver Whitecaps; El Paso, Texas)
M Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; San Diego)
G Cody Cropper (Ipswich Town/England; Athens, Ga.)
D Gale Agbossoumonde (Eintracht Frankfurt/Germany; Syracuse, N.Y.)
D Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin/Germany; Berlin)
D Sean Cunningham (Molde FK/Norway; Troy, Mich.)
D Royal-Dominique Fennell (Stuttgarter Kickers/Germany; G÷ppingen, Germany)
D Will Packwood (Birmingham City/England; Concord, Mass.)
M Mixx Diskerud (StabŠk/Norway; Oslo, Norway)
M Jared Jeffrey (FSV Mainz 05/Germany; Richardson, Texas)
M Sebastian Lletget (West Ham United/England; San Francisco)
M Tyrone McCargo (FC Nuremberg/Germany; Nuremberg, Germany)
M Charles Renken (1899 Hoffenheim/Germany; Edwardsville, Ill.)
M Caleb Stanko (SC Freiburg/Germany; Holly, Mich.)
F Terrence Boyd (Hertha Berlin/Germany; Berlin)
F Conor Doyle (Derby County/England; McKinney, Texas)
F Josh Gatt (Molde FK/Norway; Plymouth, Mich.)
F Joe Gyau (1899 Hoffenheim/Germany; Silver Springs, Md.)
F Jerome Kiesewetter (Hertha Berlin/Germany; Berlin)
F Tony Taylor (Atletico CP/Portugal; Jacksonville, Fla.)
F Bobby Wood (1860 Munich/Germany; Irvine)
F Andrew Wooten (Kaiserslautern/Germany; Worms, Germany)
D Greg Garza (out of contract; Grapevine, Texas)