Galaxy midfielder Joe Corona was selected fourth by Austin FC in Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft.

Corona, 30, joined the Galaxy from Club Tijuana in March of 2019 and played in 31 games. He made 16 appearances in 2020.

The Galaxy declined Corona’s option for 2021, but the club was reportedly in negotiations to bring him back.

According to the Major League Soccer Players Association, Corona had a guaranteed compensation of $578,499.96 in 2019. The salaries for 2020 were never released.

Corona began his professional career in 2010 with Tijuana. He also spent time at Veracruz, America and Sinaloa in Mexico.

Corona has 23 caps with the U.S. men’s national team, though he has none since 2018.

“With Joe Corona we have a very experienced player,” Austin FC coach Josh Wolff said. “He’s been part of World Cup teams, he’s played in Mexico, he’s played in MLS and I think he’s a very calm, technical player that gives us a lot of pause in the midfield.

“He’ll be a very good facilitator from side-to-side and when you have that experience it helps and he’ll be a nice presence in the locker room as well.”

Austin made five selections from the list of unprotected players revealed on Monday. Per draft rules, no MLS club can lose more than one player in the draft.

Ten MLS teams, LAFC, New York City FC, FC Cincinnati, Columbus, Seattle, Minnesota, Portland, New England, Atlanta and Sporting Kansas City, were exempt after seeing players taken by Nashville or Inter Miami in last year’s Expansion Draft.


By Kelley Wheeler

Kelley Wheeler is a Metro reporter covering political issues and general assignments. A second-generation journalist, worked with all major news outlet, she holds a vast expeirience. Kelley is a graduate of USC with degrees in journalism and English literature. She is a recipient of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship in Journalism.

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