Saving El Tri: Jesus Corona


Jesus Corona

Age: 23

Club: FC Porto

Nationality: Mexican

Position: Forward

It’s not common to find a 23 year old playing with one of the top clubs in Europe described as “underrated,” yet here we are. Nearly five years into Jesus Corona’s career, and the most accurate description of his talent is “mind blowing.” Yes, after impressing with FC Twente, Corona has taken his game to another level, notching seven tallies in 14 appearances with the Portuguese super club.

Corona’s success isn’t just limited to club play, though. The forward has excelled with El Tri, as well, scoring five times in 20 matches. The youngster scored against Jamaica in last summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup final, and won the tournament’s award for best young player. At 5’8, he’s not the most physically demanding player, but he lends himself to attacks, always seeming to make the right cut at the right time to give his squad the best chance to find the back of the net.

As comedic as it may sound, in a few years, you’ll associate this forward with more than just reminding you it’s time for your buddy to make a beer run.

How to cite this article: “The Young Guns” Written by Shaker Samman (2016), Copa America Centenario 2016 Guide, Soccer Politics Blog, Duke University, (accessed on (date)).