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 By Tom Marshall

Joe Corona joins Club America from Tijuana amid 38 MX draft deals

U.S. midfielder Joe Corona was brought in to reinforce Miguel Herrera's Club America from Club Tijuana during the Liga MX draft on Wednesday in one of 38 deals completed.

The 27-year-old rejoins former Mexico coach Herrera, who played Corona as a regular starter when both were at Xolos in the 2017 Clausura.

Corona was one of three players from Club Tijuana to head to Club America, with striker Henry Martin and defender Emanuel Aguilera also part of a trade ahead of the 2018 Clausura. Paraguayan international center-back Pablo Aguilar headed the other way to rejoin Xolos.

2017 champions Chivas made the shock signing of the domestic transfer deadline when they announced the transfer of 20-year-old Santos Laguna striker Ronaldo Cisneros, who has stood out for Mexico at youth national team level.

The Guadalajara club also renewed the loan deal so that Pachuca goalkeeper Rodolfo Cota can remain at Chivas for the next six months.

New America signing Joe Corona has 20 caps for the United States.

Apertura strugglers Queretaro had a strong draft with the signings of Miguel Samudio (Club America), Edson Puch (Pachuca) and Diego Novaretti (Leon), while Cruz Azul loaned veteran Christian Gimenez to Pachuca.

Cruz Azul also made official the previously reported transfers of Jose Maduena and Javier Salas from Atlas, as well as Carlos Fierro from Chivas.

Monterrey and Pachuca have until Dec. 29 to negotiate for players, with the two clubs facing off in the Copa MX final on Dec. 21.

Just short of $16 million was spent during the day's trading, with clubs allowed to bring in players from abroad up until the end of January.

A full list of the transfers can be found here.

Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican national team for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.


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