Cuban defender Jorge Corrales has made 65 appearances for FC Tulsa in his career, and is now set to return for the 2023 campaign at the club. | Photo courtesy Liza Rosales / Orange County SC
TULSA, Okla. – FC Tulsa announced on Thursday the club had re-signed Cuban international Jorge Corrales ahead of the 2023 USL Championship season, bringing the veteran back for a fourth campaign at the club. The transaction is pending league and federation approval.
Corrales is set to return to Tulsa after seeing his 2022 campaign prematurely brought to an end by an ACL tear suffered in late June which resulted in him making only eight appearances for the club during the season. The 31-year-old is expected to be fully healthy and return to the squad early in the 2023 season.
“Jorge has shown incredible leadership on this team and is a great example for our players to look up to,” said FC Tulsa Head Coach Blair Gavin. “He’s someone who has made the jump to MLS and he has done so by being successful at this club. He’s shown his value to his teammates, the fans, and the community and that is something that all of our young players can strive to be.”
Corrales is one of the most notable defenders in Tulsa’s history, sitting eighth all-time in appearances (65) and sixth in minutes played (5,233). Among defenders, he ranks third in both categories.
“I’m really happy and excited for what’s coming,” said Corrales. “I expect this team to grow and build some momentum, and we feel we should be on top of the league. It’s what this city deserves. I’m looking forward to working with Blair, a group of great players, and new coaches with dynamic energy and experience. I will give my best on the field, help the younger ones, and most importantly – win.”
Corrales returned to Tulsa ahead of the 2021 season having previously been part of the team in 2017, when the club advanced to the USL Championship Playoffs for the first time. His play drew the attention of Chicago Fire FC of Major League Soccer, which acquired him via transfer from Tulsa during the 2017 season. Corrales went on to make 37 appearances for the Fire before being acquired by Club de Foot Montreal in 2019. There he helped the club win the Canadian Cup and remained through 2020 before rejoining Tulsa.
Internationally, Corrales has been capped 42 times for Cuba and has recorded one goal and two assists. Most recently, he started all four of Cuba’s matches during the country’s Concacaf Nations League contests this past June, during which Cuba won three of four games and Corrales contributed to two clean sheets.