Club Tijuana Preps for Double Header in San Diego
International Soccer in America’s finest city — Club Tijuana is bringing its preseason preparation across the border to San Diego as the Liga MX club looks to continue its stride into the 2017 Clausura season.
The Xolos suit up for the first time in San Diego since 2013 when the squad played in a friendly match versus Club America at Petco Park.
Tijauna is gearing up for the Liga MX 2017 Clausura season as the Xolos look to continue their strong form during 2016 into the new year.
Team captain Juan Carlos Valenzuela discussed the team’s objectives and the way they are developing during camp in Tijuana.
“The team was formed thinking about an entire year of soccer,” said Valenzuela. “We will take it step-by-step, game-by-game thinking about earning points to improve in the (relegation) percentage table. We need to do more than we did last season. That is the team’s mentality and it’s not going to change. We will commit to every game be it at home or away.”
Wednesday’s match will be the first time the Xoloitzcuintles play in San Diego under coach Miguel Herrera. The matchup will also be the first professional game held at the community college.
Club Tijuana has played in San Diego at USD’s Torero Stadium against Major League Soccer sides LA Galaxy and now defunct Chivas USA. The club has also played in a friendly against Liga MX side Club America at Qualcomm Stadium in 2012 and Petco Park in 2013.
“We are coming out of a tough stage that has been heavy,” Valenzuela said. “That is why we need to take advantage of this match against Atlas in every way possible so that we can be where Miguel Herrera wants us to be so that we can have a good start to the tournament.”
The Xolos Reserve versus Albion PROS match will kick off at 3:30 p.m. PT, while the first team game versus Atlas is set for 7:00 p.m. PT.
Photo Credit: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles