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U.S. internationals Edgar Castillo, Joe Corona plow into Copa Libertadores action for Club Tijuana

Feb 19, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

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We make a big deal when talented American players get into the UEFA Champions League because … well, because UCL is a big deal.

But Copa Libertadores is a pretty big deal, too.

So we should pay some attention as a couple of Americans make a long trip to Colombia to open group play in South America’s prestigious club tournament.

U.S. international defender Edgar Castillo and promising young attacker Joe Corona (pictured, playing for U.S. national team) play for newly crowned Liga MX champion Club Tijuana. They meet Colombian champion Millonarios tonight in Bogota (7:30 p.m. ET tonight on FOX Deportes) in a huge match for the once-obscure club with increasingly big ambition.

The Mexican club’s opposition in Copa Libertadores group play includes Millonarios, reigning South American and Club World Cup champion Corinthians and Bolivian runner-up San Jose.

Castillo is a starter for the Xolos, having started all seven matches in the Liga MX Clausura. Corona has started five times and appeared as sub in one other contest. The team stats are here.

  1. dfstell - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I wish we had English-language distribution of the Copa Libertadores in the US. I enjoy watching it, but watching unfamiliar teams and unfamiliar players is tough when you don’t speak the language. I have conversational level Spanish, but that’s no where near sufficient to follow a soccer game.

    • Steve Davis - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      I feel ya. But coverage (on TV and elsewhere) gets better every year. We can now watch El Tri on ESPN English-language networks. Who knows what we might be able to watch on English-language channels in five years …

      • dfstell - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

        Sure….and I guess I shouldn’t complain. At least we can SEE the games which is pretty cool.

    • XoloSd - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      For Xolos coverage in English you can visit http://www.xolosd.com

  2. seanb20124 - Feb 19, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Is Freddy Montero expected to play?

  3. slxc - Feb 19, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    mmmmmmmm Guatemala.

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