When Canada played El Salvador to a 0-0 draw in a World Cup qualifier last November, Dustin Corea was arguably the best player for the home side. He created chances for the El Salvadorans and had a couple of very good looks at goal.
Corea’s El Salvador side sits three points behind Canada for second place in their CONCACAF group. Each of the four teams in the group — which includes Mexico and Honduras — has four games left to go. The top two sides get spots in the Hex.
Of course, Corea believes El Salvador can get one of those two spots. But he can’t be too vocal about it. After all, he plays his club soccer at FC Edmonton.
“Down here in Edmonton, I can’t really say much about it!” laughed Corea after the Eddies’ training-camp session Wednesday at Commonwealth Fieldhouse. “I might get my head chopped off by the gaffer and some of the guys here. But I want my team to qualify.”
But Corea has a more immediate goal in front of him; to continue to progress and realize his potential as a player who can be an NASL game-changer. Corea signed before the start of the 2015 fall season and became a regular on the right wing for FC Edmonton. He started 14 games, scored once and set up three more. But he got a lot of balls through to the net and showed flashes that he could become one of the dominant wing players in the game. He loved to come in off the right wing and shoot with his left foot.
With the Eddies losing winger Lance Laing, who signed as a free agent with Minnesota United, Corea’s learning curve might have become a little steeper. Laing scored eight times and added seven assists in 20 games played for the Eddies in 2015; in the 10 games he missed, the Eddies won just once.
Can Corea replace some of those goals and assists?
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