Frontera Futbol: A Xolos of Tijuana Blog

New Season, Old Feel

A confident Club Tijuana battled with the 2013 Clausura title winners in their first home game of the season, two weeks after coming from behind 3-0 to tie them in a friendly match in Los Angeles.

This is a more self-assured side under new head coach Cesar Farias, and it shows. Fidel Martinez’s form appeared more on point and he used his skill creatively, more so  in these last two matches  than toward the end of the Apertura under Jorge Almiron. And while it’s still new and developing, Martinez’ partnership with Herculez Gomez is starting to take shape.

Lesson learned

Photo: Jonny Rico (@jonyrico)
Jorge Francisco “El Negro” Almiron is managing for the first time in first division after having managed teams in Mexico’s and Argentina’s second division, as well as being an assistant manager at first division Atlas. And it was precisely against Atlas that Almiron made his first division debut in a 3-3 draw at home. A game that Xolos lead by two goals twice (2-0 & 3-1) and could not hold on to the lead by game’s end. 

Xolos - A New Era

The television was muted. The audio from the broadcast would have been too much for my already fragile psyche. All I could hear was the faraway sound of cars passing by on the 5 Freeway, children playing in the nearby park, and my own words “no puede ser! no puede ser!”.

Good Foundation

Club Tijuana had the very unfortunate task of having to replace not only Antonio "El Turco" Mohamed who had led the team to their first top flight title in their short history, but some key players like Duvier Riascos and Alfredo "Chango" Moreno. The club directors have once again opened up the wallet in an intelligent fashion and are building this team on top of the already solid foundation. 
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