Mexico’s Corona: the Gold Cup is “a very important commitment”
Mexico goalkeeper Jesus Corona (middle) made his CONCACAF Gold Cup debut in 2005. (Photo: Luis Licona/Straffon Images)

HOUSTON – For goalkeeper Jesus Corona, the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup represents another opportunity for Mexico to demonstrate it is the region’s top team.

The Tricolor enters next month’s biennial competition as the defending champion.

“It is an important commitment,” Corona said after a 1-0 win over Ghana on Wednesday night at NRG Stadium.  “It is a responsibility but we also know that we have the chance to show ourselves, knowing that if we come to the Gold Cup competition, it is to win it.  Clearly, we have to show match by match that we are capable of doing it.”

The 36-year-old custodian, who recently returned from a knee problem, ended up playing the final 53 minutes against the African side after an injury forced starter Moises Muñoz off the field.

“I feel much better,” remarked Corona.  “Fortunately, time passed [for me] to be able to be in the national team and be able to play the Gold Cup.  We are continuing physical therapy drills in order to keep improving, but I am training alongside my teammates and now I had a chance to play, sadly because of Moises’ injury.”

Corona made his Gold Cup debut 12 years ago, when Mexico fell 2-1 to South Africa.