FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller said that the team’s signing of El Salvadorean midfielder Dustin Corea is about the long-term future of the team.
The team announced the signing of the left-footed attacking midfielder on Thursday. He trained with the team at Clarke Field. He was once part of the American youth set-up, as he was born in California and raised in Portland, Ore. His family still lives in Portland. But, he made the switch to El Salvador, and most recently played for that country at the Gold Cup, where he scored a goal against Costa Rica. Before coming to Edmonton, Corea played a season with El Salvadorean top-division CD FAS, where he scored five times. Because he’s got an American passport, he doesn’t count as an international on the roster
“I think he will give us a variety,” Miller said of Corea. “He can play on the inside, he can play as a number 10. He can play on the right and, of course, with him being left-footed, he can play wide left as well. There’s a variety of options there. He’s a current El Salvador international and did well in the Gold Cup. He scored a goal at the Gold Cup. So he’s an established player. When players like that become available, it appealed for the price that we got him for, it’s fantastic.
“I’m always thinking about the club longer term; should certain players move on and not sign with the club, we have to always think that the club is more important than any one player or even two or three players. So this is as much building for the future for the club, he’s 23, he’s young, he’s hungry to play and happy to be here.”
Miller said he “might still be in the market for a defender.”
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