Around six months ago, Tijuana found itself with a significant deficit in the 1st leg of the Liguilla quarterfinals. Leon, clearly hungry for an early victory in the Apertura playoffs, dominated Xolos with a 3-0 win.
Tijuana fought back valiantly in the second leg, and collected an impressive 3-2 victory at home, but the blunders from the first clash proved to be far too detrimental. Despite the second-leg win, the No. 1 seed for the playoffs was knocked out in the first round.
Of the 14 Xolos players who took part in the initial 3-0 loss to Leon, six are likely to get the start against Morelia this Thursday. Well aware of the heartbreak and disappointment from last year, a strong core of the starting XI will be keen on avoiding another early setback in the playoffs.
On the sidelines, Tijuana manager Miguel “Piojo” Herrera has also recognized the lesson learned from their previous trip to the Liguilla.
“The away goal is the most important,” stated Herrera on Tuesday. “The position in the standings is second as the tiebreaker. We want to score goals on the road to take a good lead heading into the final game of the series.”
Can Xolos avoid another surprise defeat? Will the team walk away with a massive win?
Key to success for Tijuana — Shutdown Raul Ruidiaz
No player is more important to Morelia than Ruidiaz. With a total of nine goals in the Clausura, the Peruvian striker finished the regular season as Liga MX’s top scorer. In his last two matches, Ruidiaz has been on fire with four goals for Morelia, one of which was enough to save his club from relegation and secure a spot in the playoffs.
The 26 year-old is on an incredible form, and if Xolos wish to emerge unscathed from the first leg, they’ll need to keep the striker quiet for 90 minutes on Thursday night.
Tijuana player to watch — Aviles Hurtado
Now is the time for Hurtado to step up for Xolos. The Colombian has looked more reserved than usual in the past few weeks and must be Tijuana’s leader in the attack. Although Xolos have a few other options that can help find the back of the net, Hurtado will once again be Tijuana’s most important player and striker going forward against Morelia.
Predicted score — Morelia 1-2 Xolos
Despite the fact that the first leg is away, Tijuana is still the favorite here. There are a few worries with injury concerns that continue to haunt the backline, but the league’s most dangerous and effective attack should have no problem scoring against Morelia.
Keeping in mind that Herrera will be looking to push numbers forward for a valuable away goal, the manager might be aiming to close out this series early with a big win on Thursday.
Predicted Xolos starting XI
As mentioned earlier, some issues with injuries might complicate things here defensively for Tijuana. There are no indications that Michael Orozco will be ready for the first leg and Damian Perez has recently recovered from injury problems of his own. Although Perez appears likely to start, Xolos fans will keep their fingers crossed that he is 100% match-fit.
Game: Club Atlético Monarcas Morelia vs. Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente
Date: Wednesday, May 11th
Time: 5:30 PM Pacific, 7:30 PM Central, 8:30 PM Eastern
Venue: Estadio Morelos (Morelia, Mich.)
Television: United States- Azteca America; Mexico - SKY Planeta Fútbol, Azteca 7, Sky HD
Streaming:Sling (Free trial + monthly subscription)
Eighth seeded Monarcas Morelia (6W 6L 5D) hosts the superlider Xolos Tijuana (9W 4L 4D) tonight in one of the more interesting matchups in the Liguilla. Morelia has defeated Xolos twice this year - once in Liga MX play and once in the Copa MX Quarterfinals - both times by a 2-0 scoreline.
Morelia made the Liguilla by cheating death. Faced with relegation unless they beat Monterrey, Raul Ruidiaz scored a miracle goal in the 90th minute to save Monarcas. Morelia is a dangerous team - they’re playing with house money right now and they’re coming in off of a huge win. Tijuana would be wise not to underestimate them.
Xolos are looking to cast superstition aside and show that there’s no such thing as a superlider curse. Aside from a 3-0 shellacking by Tigres two weeks ago, Tijuana hasn’t lost in Liga MX play since March 3. Miguel Herrera has this team firing on all cylinders now, and while the rumors have him leaving after the season to return to Club America, you have to think he wants to leave Tijuana a champion. Tijuana’s defense hasn’t allowed a goal in seven Liga MX games this year, and their offense - lead by Colombian Aviles Hurtado - has scored 30 goals.
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TIJUANA, Mexico — The sky had been dark since morning, the Baja sun a rumor behind banks of clouds settled comfortably over Tijuana’s haphazard hills. But that had not deterred hundreds of fans from gathering outside the high concrete walls of Club Tijuana’s Estadio Caliente hours before the Xoloitzcuintles, better known as the Xolos, played the first home game of their winter season.
By 4 p.m., three hours before kickoff, Mexico’s largest tailgate party was in full swing. Tents had sprung up between the S.U.V.s and minivans that nearly filled the parking lot, and open grills sent banks of smoke into the cold, wet air. A crowd of local teachers snacked on ceviche and sipped Mexican red wine while, a few spots away, three flags — American, Mexican and the black Xolos banner — flew over a foldout beer pong table and a growing pile of empty Tecate cans. Roving musicians played norteño music for a few dollars a song, a tuba honking merrily over the thud of speakers set up in the back of pickup trucks.
It was, in many ways, exactly what one might have expected from a tailgate party here, the American sporting tradition translated into the musical and culinary language of Tijuana, one of the world’s busiest border cities.
Except for one thing: At least half of the cars bore California license plates.
A Regional Identity
One of those cars belonged to Patty Martinez. She had awakened that morning at 4:30 to make the three-hour drive from her home in East Los Angeles to watch her favorite soccer team alongside other members of her California-based fan club, Xolos Forever Forever Xolos. (The Xoloitzcuintli, or Xolo (pronounced SHOW-low, is an indigenous breed of dog, and its image is prominent in the club’s branding.)
In the two years since Martinez’s son got her interested in Xolos games, the other Californians in the X.F.F.X. crew have become some of her closest friends, gathering a few times each year for baby showers and to watch away games on television, texting daily, and seeing one another whenever they can at matches in Tijuana.
Martinez, celebrating her 53rd birthday, had dressed for the game: a Xolos sweatshirt over a black-and-red Xolos T-shirt, accented with a pair of custom-made Xolos earrings. On her way out of town that morning, Martinez had stopped to pick up her 28-year-old daughter, Lorena, who gave her a knit hat with the Xolos colors: red, white and black.
“I even got the nails, O.K.?” she said, flexing the fingers of her right hand as her left guided the car south on I-5, past the cool gray edge of the Pacific.
By 1 p.m., Martinez — known in X.F.F.X. as Big Mama — was happily settled into a red folding chair, a shot of mezcal in one hand and, in the other, a taco folded around thin kerchiefs of carne asada and a pale green smear of homemade guacamole. Her friends Victor and Claudia Valadéz had arrived around the same time from Chula Vista, the San Diego suburb that, Victor joked, is sometimes known as “Chulajuana.”
Just 10 years ago, the lot where they were encamped looked decidedly different. Before 2007, when Club Tijuana was founded as a second-division team, the site of Estadio Caliente was a muddy pit surrounded by a defunct racetrack and populated by hippos and alligators, part of a private zoo owned by the millionaire Jorge Hank Rhon. Hank’s many exploits over the years — including a run-in with the United States immigration authorities involving a suitcase full of elephant tusks and ocelot-skin jackets — earned him a notoriety to match his financial and political power in the city. In 2004, he leveraged his wealth and fame to win the city’s mayoral race, with promises to rehabilitate its seedy image.
Three years later, in 2007, he founded the Xolos and, soon after, opened the stadium that now bears the name of the family company, Grupo Caliente, as do the casino and dog-racing track on the next lot and numerous other large developments around the city. (The zoo moved to an adjacent plot, where Hank’s camels and three white Bengal tigers are still visible from the parking lot.)
Ricardo and Rodrigo Rodriguez, twins born in Tijuana who have spent the past 17 years living in San Diego, started attending games in 2009 along with their older brother, Oscar. The stadium was still under construction then, as it is now, and was at reduced capacity.
“Back then you’d have to wear rain boots and you’d still be covered in mud,” Ricardo said. “It was,” he added, pausing for effect, “interesting.”
Those were difficult times for Tijuana, too. In 2008, violence between the city’s competing drug cartels reached its peak just as the financial crisis decimated the tourism industry, which had been the city’s lifeblood for nearly a century.
“Lots of people come here only with the intention of getting to the U.S.,” David Lomelí, a local secondary school teacher, said as he served burgers off a flaming grill. “People don’t feel rooted. They don’t feel that this is home. But the Xolos have given us some sense of union or identity.”
That identity, at least from the Xolos perspective, is not bound by the city limits. The first team in Mexico’s Liga MX to go bilingual in its public communications — it has two press officers, one for Spanish-speaking reporters and another for English — the Xolos have from the start courted both an American audience and American players.
Those efforts have been remarkably successful. According to Alejandro Serrano, the team’s administrative manager, ticket sales for the 27,000-seat stadium will put it at 90 percent capacity for the rest of the winter season.
The Xolos are not the only team in Liga MX with recruiting programs across the border, of course, but they are a rarity in that they have a handful of starters — Paul Arriola, Joe Corona and Michael Orozco — who were born in the United States and have played for its national team. Arriola and Corona commute almost daily for games and practices from their homes in San Diego. Orozco, who grew up in Anaheim, Calif., has moved with his wife and children to a beachside home in Tijuana, which he said was “like coming home.”
This heavily American stamp — the most visible sponsor inside Estadio Caliente is not Modelo or Corona but Bud Light — is more than a ploy to lure Americans to the city. Founded at a low point in Tijuana’s 127-year history, the Xolos were also part of a larger effort — along with the developing food and drink scene, which emerged around the same time — to define the city on better terms. The identity the team has captured is neither here nor there, but rather here and there.
“We see ourselves as a regional team and try to be a mirror of what the region is,” said Roberto Cornejo, who has managed recruitment and youth programs for the team since 2008.
Born in Mexico City and raised in San Diego, Cornejo commutes daily from his home in Chula Vista. “San Diego and Tijuana,” he said, “are really one city divided by a border.”
Many of the fans who travel south for the games straddle that abstract line. Though they both live and work in San Diego, the Rodriguez twins recently moved the craft beer project that they started in a garage in Chula Vista to Tijuana, where, they said, the market for artisanal breweries is booming and, at least for now, less saturated.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Los Angeles by her Nicaraguan mother, Patty Martinez has come to Tijuana regularly throughout her life, on beach vacations as a girl, to party as a teenager, or for dental and medical care as an adult. Her ties to Mexico developed over a lifetime spent in a neighborhood where, she said, “I hardly meet other Nicaraguans, but I’m surrounded by Mexicans.”
Lorena, who started joining her mother at Xolos games last year, now has a portion of her life embedded in the city. “Even when they’re not playing, I find myself wanting to come down more and more,” she said. “I have cravings for the shrimp tacos and birria. And I have my friends here now, you know?”
Just last year, she went to Mexico City as a member of the United States national team’s fan club, braving the soccer-crazed capital in an American jersey. But her favorite team, her home team, she said, is the one that plays just across the border.
A Luxury for Many
Tijuana’s transformation is, like the Estadio Caliente, a perennial work in progress. Though robberies have declined in recent years and the theatrical killings of the 2007-10 cartel wars have largely disappeared, violence remains rampant, with 2016 recording the highest number of homicides in the city’s history. Prostitutes still loiter in front of seedy hotels on Calle Coahuila, a short walk from the border and a 15-minute drive north of Estadio Caliente.
For many Mexicans, the city remains a staging ground for journeys north. But while unemployment in Tijuana is below the national average, many people here still survive on limited incomes. That can make even the cheapest tickets for Xolos matches, which sell for 300 pesos (about $15), an unobtainable luxury.
José Martin Gonzales Mendoza, who has worked for four years as a security guard at the stadium on game days, earns 200 pesos for a 13-hour shift that lasts until midnight. Most games, he brings his wife and children to the stadium, where they earn extra money by watching over the X.F.F.X. tailgate party while Martinez and the other Californians head into the stadium.
Gonzalez recently used the extra income to buy his older son prescription glasses. His younger boy, Tomás, said he, too, hoped to go into the stadium one day to watch the home team play. For now, that remains a greater expense than his family can afford.
That night, after the team’s 6-2 victory over Puebla, satisfied fans poured out of Estadio Caliente and back into the parking lot. As most people packed up to leave, Patty and Lorena Martinez poured another drink. They had booked a hotel room and would save the long drive back to Los Angeles for the next morning.
Victor and Claudia Valadéz, postponing their trip back to Chula Vista for a few moments while the traffic thinned, wandered over with their 7-year-old son, Gael, who has his own season pass. He and Tomás yammered happily about the game in a Spanish sprinkled with English words and phrases.
Patty Martinez gave a huge, hearty laugh and beamed over at the boys.
“That’s our next generation,” she said. “Our American Xolos.”
Club tijuana, mls champ to play friendly at usd torero stadium
TIJUANA (Jan. 10, 2018) –Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles will play in an exhibition match against Major League Soccer powerhouse and 2017 MLS Cup Champion Toronto FC Wednesday Jan. 31 at the University of San Diego’s Torero Stadium.
The friendly match between LIGA MX side Xoloitzcuintles and the domestic treble winner is set for a 6:30 p.m. (Pacific) kickoff. The game is slated to bring the region top-notch soccer to a soccer-hungry area.
The game, co-produced by Pazzo Sports, will feature two of the youngest teams in North America with early success in their respective leagues. Both teams are slated to compete in the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League in February. The exhibition match serves as preparation to the tournament that features some of the top clubs in North, Central America and the Caribbean.
Club Tijuana, which plays in the Mexican first division, will be four games into its 2018 Clausura season at the time of this friendly. The Xoloitzcuintles (Xolos for short), led by new head coach Diego Cocca, are one of Mexico’s most dynamic teams with a large following in the United States. Club Tijuana was established in 2007 and reached promotion to the first division in 2011. It won its only league title shortly thereafter in the 2012 Apertura. The Xoloitzcuintles have competed in international tournaments such as the CONCACAF Champions League and the Copa Libertadores, which includes the top teams in South America.
Toronto FC was established in 2005, joining MLS in 2007 as an expansion team, becoming the first Canadian team to enter the league.
Toronto, a powerhouse in its league, is coming off winning the 2017 MLS Cup and the Supporter’s Shield, earned by the MLS team with most points in the regular season. It is also last year’s Canadian Champion. Toronto won this accolades with players like United States National Team veterans Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley and Italian national Sebastian Giovinco. Toronto is in its preseason heading into the 2018 MLS Season.
“The Reds” are also six-time Canadian Champions and semifinalists in the 2011-2012 CONCACAF Champions League. Coach Greg Vanney’s team are also back-to-back (2016 and 2017) MLS Cup playoffs Eastern Conference champions.
Club Tijuana has played in a handful of matches in San Diego, including exhibitions at Petco Park, SDCCU Stadium (formerly Qualcomm), San Diego Mesa College and Torero Stadium. The Xoloitzcuintles has played against MLS sides LA Galaxay and former franchise Chivas USA.
This will mark another milestone for Club Tijuana and the region as two clubs bring a fluid brand of soccer to fans in the Californias.
Tickets for the match will go on sale DATE at axs.com and at the USD Torero Stadium box office.
Schedule xolos 2017
SAN DIEGO (May 23, 2017) –Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles will again be part of the Manchester City Americas Cup with three youth teams participating in the international tournament to be held over Memorial Day weekend in North San Diego County.
The Xoloitzcuintles Fuerzas Basicas Under-13, Under-14 and Under-15 (2004, 2003 and 2002) squads will compete in the tournament that runs May 25-28 at the Surf Cup Sports Park in Oceanside and the SoCal Sports Complex in Del Mar.
The competition includes youth squads from English Premier side Manchester City and other professional reserves such as Club America, Corinthians and Seattle Sounders. The top youth clubs in the United States will also be part of the event.
Club Tijuana is the defending champion in the Under-13 “Super Group.” It finished undefeated in the 2016 version of the competition, beating host Manchester City in the final. This time the Xoloitzcuintles will play against Pateadores Developmental Academy and the Los Angeles Galaxy’s USSDA squad and Crossfire Premier in group action.
The Xoloitzcuintles Under-14 team is also scheduled to face Crossfire Premier and LA Galaxy USSDA in this category in its first two group games. It closed group play against Arsenal FC North.
The Under-15 team is in the International Super Group. It will face Crossfire Premier Academy and FC Golden State in this category. The semifinals for this group will be May 28 and the final May 29. Some of the International Super Group matches will be televised on Univision Deportes Network.
Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles 2017 Manchester City Americas Cup schedule:
Thursday May 25
- Pateadores (6 p.m. at SoCal Sports Complex Field 28)
Friday May 26
- LA Galaxy USSDA (6 p.m. at SoCal Sports Complex Field 20)
Sunday May 28
- Crossfire Premier (9:30 a.m. at SoCal Sports Complex Field 27)
Thursday May 25
- Crossfire Premier (4 p.m. at SoCal Sports Complex Field 18)
Friday May 26
- LA Galaxy USSDA (4 p.m. at SoCal Sports Complex Field 27)
Sunday May 28
- Arsenal FC North (12:40 p.m. SoCal Sports Complex Field 21)
Thursday May 25
- Crossfire Premier (10 a.m. at SoCal Sports Complex Field 28)
Friday May 26
- Golden State FC (4 p.m. at SoCal Sports Complex Field 28)
For complete schedules: http://bit.ly/2qhvUcv
Mexican association football club
This article is about the men's football club. For the women's football club, see Club Tijuana (women).
Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, commonly known as Tijuana, or simply as Xolos, is a Mexican professional football club based in Tijuana.
Founded on August 2006 as Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, the club plays their home games at the Estadio Caliente.
Tijuana has won 1 Liga MX and 1 Ascenso MX championship, as well as 1 Promotional Final.
The club is the 2nd latest in a long line of league teams in the city of Tijuana. Gallos Caliente was instituted in the summer of 2006. The team's name was later changed to Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente. The team and owner announced the construction of the Estadio Caliente, a new stadium with a capacity for 33,333 people near Grupo Caliente's Agua Caliente Racetrack. Jorge Alberto Hank, the son of Jorge Hank Rhon, is the President of the team. They became the Apertura 2012 champions after defeating Toluca 4–2 in a two-legged series.
The team advanced to the Primera División de México with a win at home over Irapuato, 2–1 on May 21, 2011.
Jorge Alberto Hank and Gog Murguia Fernandez, the vice president, became the youngest executives in the history of Mexican professional football to be at the head of a club in the Primera División de México.
The First Title
The team obtained its first title in the Apertura 2010 tournament, after having finished as general leader during the regular tournament, which gave them a direct pass to the semi-finals. In the semi-finals the Xolos faced Albinegros de Orizaba. In both semifinal legs, the Xolos and Albinegros finished 0–0, with the aggregate score 0–0 too. The position that the Xolos had during the regular tournament permitted them to pass to the final against the Tiburones Rojos de Veracruz. In the first leg the "Xolos" had a surprise win 0–2 in the Estadio Luis "Pirata" Fuente in Veracruz, while in their field they won again 1–0 and this way Tijuana obtained half a ticket towards the Mexican football maximum circuit, the Primera División Mexicana.
Promotion to Liga MX
The final of the Clausura 2011 of the Liga de Ascenso was between Tijuana and Irapuato. The first leg was played on Wednesday May 11 in Tijuana's stadium. The game finished 1–1. The second leg played was in Irapuato, in the Estadio Sergio León Chavez. Irapuato won the game 1–0, being crowned champion of the Clausura 2011 afterwards. With the Tijuana having won the Apertura 2010 title, the Promotion Final was going to be, yet again, Tijuana vs Irapuato. The first leg was played in Irapuato on Wednesday May 18 and it remained 0–0, with the second leg deciding what team was going to be promoted to the Primera División de la Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (now known as Liga MX). Played in Tijuana's Estadio Caliente, the second leg saw the Club Tijuana being crowned champion of the Promotion Final with a result of 2–1. Thus Tijuana replaced the Necaxa as the new Primera Division Team in Mexico.
Liga MX Debut
Kicking off their inaugural season in the Primera Division, Tijuana signed José Sand,Leandro Augusto, Fernando Arce, Egidio Arévalo and Dayro Moreno would move to Tijuana for a fee of US$3.5 m. during summer 2011.
Tijuana opened the 2011–12 season with a 2–1 home loss to Morelia. American Joe Corona scored the club's first top-flight goal in the defeat. They would earn their first victory as a top-flight club in a 3–1 victory at Santos Laguna on August 6; however, after five consecutive home matches without a victory manager Joaquin del Olmo was sacked and replaced by Antonio Mohamed.
After having finished the 2011 Apertura with just three wins against nine draws and five losses, Tijuana would have more success in the 2012 Clasura. Behind the league's top defense (allowing just eleven goals in 17 matches), Tijuana finished with seven wins and seven draws against just three defeats and earned their first playoff berth in the top flight, where they would fall to Monterrey.
Apertura 2012 Champions
Xolos would continue their strong defense in the 2012–13 Liga MX season. In the 2012 Apertura, Xolos allowed joint-fewest goals with 15 while finishing tied atop the table with Toluca. Seeded #2 in the La liguilla, they would avenge the previous season's defeat to Monterrey before rallying from a 2–0 deficit against León in the semi-finals. They would win the Liguilla over Toluca with a 4–1 aggregate victory, achieving the title in the shortest time after promotion to the top flight in Mexican history.
Xolos would falter in the Clausura, finishing in 10th place, two points outside of Liguilla qualification. However, invited to Copa Libertadores, Tijuana would make a run to the quarter-finals before falling to Atlético Mineiro.
Main article: Estadio Caliente
The Estadio Caliente, a multi-use stadium in Tijuana, Baja California, was officially inaugurated on November 11, 2007, in a game between Club Tijuana and Pumas Morelos. The attendance was 13,333, then the stadium capacity. In July 2009, the capacity was increased to 16,000. Stadium owner Jorge Hank Rhon's main reason for constructing the stadium was his wish to have a professional football club in the city. Because the Mexican Football Federation says that teams participating in the First Division must have a stadium with a capacity over 15,000, Club Tijuana officially became qualified for promotion to the Primera División de México when the capacity was increased. The construction of the stadium was planned in two parts. The first part finished the ground and lower sections of the stadium. In the second phase, the stadium's capacity was increased. Club Xoloitzcuintles added 4,000 seats to its home field of Estadio Caliente, pushing its capacity to 20,000, according to the team's management. The team also remodeled the players’ dressing rooms and resurfaced the dirt parking lot with a stone surface. Among the construction projects is the installation of stadium lights, which should not be an issue.
What first seemed to be a hobby to the football aficionado Jorge Hank Rhon, has now been projected as a business and institution with many ambitions by his son Jorge Alberto Hank Inzunza, President of Club Tijuana, and co-owner Alberto Murguia Orozco. The president has announced several times in press conferences that the project is far bigger than a stadium and a First Division team. The institutional plan involves football schools and clinics throughout the region, including San Diego and Los Angeles, professional football training, talent recruitment squads; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd division affiliates; foundations and green campaigns, and a heavily invested commercial complex.
Finances and ownership
Controversy surrounded the lease, because the team would have ties to a company whose major business is that of betting on sports events, including football. The case was presented to high authorities in the Mexican Football Federation, where it was ruled that no action would be taken against Xoloitzcuintles De Caliente or its parent company.
Current technical staff
|President||Jorge Alberto Hank Inzunza|
|Vice-president||Gog Murguia Fernandez|
|Administration Director||Alejandro Serrano|
|Finance Director||Pedro Panama|
|Operations Director||Alejandro Torrontegui|
|Marketing Director||Esteban De Anda|
|Communication Director||Antonio Rodriguez|
|General Manager||Ignacio Palou|
|Director of Soccer Operations||Roberto Cornejo|
|Sporting Manager||Gerardo Jiménez Cantú|
- As of 12 January 2020
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
For recent transfers, see List of Mexican football transfers summer 2021.
Out on loan
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Main article: Tijuana Reserves
- Xolos Hermosillo
- Reserve team that plays in the Liga TDP, the fourth level of the Mexican league system.
Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors
|Period||Kit manufacturer||Shirt partner||Sponsors|
|2007–08||Atletica||Casas GEO/Nissan/TVC Deportes/Mexicana|
|2011||Kappa||Casas GEO/Nissan/TVC Deportes/Volaris|
|2015–2017||Adidas||Boing!/Carls Jr/Calimax/Farmacias del Ahorro|
|2017–||Charly Sport||Boing!/Carls Jr/Calimax/Farmacias del Ahorro|
- Apertura 2012
- Apertura 2010
- Campeón de Ascenso 2010–11
- 2011, 2012, 2013
Club Tijuana (Women), founded in 2014, that participated in the US-based Women's Premier Soccer League in the summer and in the Liga Mayor Femenil in the winter. In their first year, they finished in the middle of the competitive Pac-South division of WPSL before becoming Mexican national champions. Since 2017 participates in the Liga MX Femenil.
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Tijuana’s Clausura kicks off tonight against Monarcas Morelia, making it a perfect time to look at the team before Los Xolos go into action.
Key additions for Xolos:
Luis Michel - Tijuana turning the reins over to 23 year old Gibran Lajud may seem a bit scary, however having Michel as his backup and mentor should calm some of the fears. Michel brings with him a wealth of experience, backstopping Chivas for nearly a decade and playing internationally for El Tri as well.
Joe Corona - It's funny to think that a 26 year old from Los Angeles would be considered a club legend for a Liga MX team. That being said, for a club celebrating a decade of existence you’d be hard-pressed to find someone more synonymous with Xolos. Corona perfectly embodies Xolos’ desire to be a club that is bigger than the border - un club sin fronteras. His return from loan should help Xolos generate more offense down the stretch - where they faltered in the Apertura.
Juan Martín Lucero - The Argentine forward is an unknown quantity for Xolos, having played the past year in Malaysia with Johor Darul Ta’zim. Lucero did play for Argentina’s Defensa y Justicia and Independiente, so he does have experience playing at a very high level.
Key departures for Xolos:
Gabriel Hauche - The Argentine second striker was sent on loan to Toluca. His four goals and six assists in the Apertura will need to be replaced if Xolos are to return to the Liguilla.
Greg Garza - The left back was sent to MLS debutantes Atlanta Unitedon loan with an option to buy. While he had been injured lately, it was hoped he had returned to full fitness. To follow his progress in MLS, check out our sister blog Dirty South Soccer.
Juninho - The Brazilian midfielders as sent to the Chicago Fire of MLS on loan with an option to buy. While he had good moments with Tijuana, he will most likely be remembered by Xolos’ fans for picking up a red card in the first Liguilla match against León. You can follow his progress in MLS by checking out our friends at Hot Time In Old Town.
Tijuana still has some significant concerns going into the Clausura. The defense that started the Apertura strong finished very weakly, allowing five goals in the two leg series against León with Federico Vilar playing like a man trying to go out on top. It will be critical that someone on the back line step up and lead, helping lighten Gibran Lajud’s workload as much as possible. The pieces are there in players such as Juan Carlos Núñez, Damián Pérez, Michael Orozco, and Emanuel Aguilera. If they can coalesce into the unit they were at the start of the Apertura, Tijuana will be able to be competitive throughout the season.
The midfield was bolstered by the return of Corona, but losing Hauche will hurt. This is not the same team Corona left in 2015, and he will need to work to understand where he fits into Miguel Herrera’s offense. Victor Malcorra and Avilés Hurtado were dynamic in the Apertura, and they should mesh well with Corona.
Corona’s arrival also could allow Dayro Moreno to switch from right wing to forward, where he looked his most dangerous. Milton Caraglio’s underwhelming Apertura (three goals and six assists as a center forward) should allow for Lucero to get a shot at a starting role.
Miguel Herrera has built a good squad, and the past Apertura proved that the team can win - but also has some significant issues that they attempted to address during the winter offseason. Now comes the trial by fire - a start against lowly Morelia should help build confidence before away games at Chivas, León, Pumas, and Tigres late in the season. The club will play Puebla, Querétaro, América, and Toluca at Estadio Caliente, which should help provide a good advantage for Xolos.