Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente has signed central defender Hernan Pellerano to join the team for the Clausura 2014 of La Liga MX. Pellerano is current Xolos defender Cristian Pellerano’s younger brother. Hernan arrives from Spanish side UD Almeria where he spent the last five seasons.
Xolos is preparing for the Clausura 2014 campaign and has signed several players this transfer window. Aside from Pellerano, the club also signed Ecuadorian Jaimen Javier Ayovi of LDU Quito, Ecuador. Also joining the team is Venezuelan Cesar Farias as coach. Farias is the former Venezuelan national team coach.
Despite reaching the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League, the team did not fare well last season during the Apertura 2013. They completed the season with 5 wins, 6 losses and 6 draws, this coming one year after winning the Apertura 2012 championship. Xolos are looking to be competitive in both tournaments and are reinforcing their lines for the new season.
The younger Pellerano was with the Andalusian club from 2008 to 2013. In 2010 he was relegated to the second division but earned promotion once more in the 2012-13 season. Pellerano began his football career in Argentina with Velez Sarsfield in 2003 where he had 117 appearances and scored two goals. With Velez he won the Clausura 2005 championship. In Spain he competed in 82 games and also scored two goals. For the 2011-12 season he was loaned out to Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys. There he played in 33 games and scored one goal.
Pellerano was not shy about his recent signing with Xolos. He gets his dream opportunity to play with his older brother Cristian.
“This is a decision that was made from the heart, and with family in mind,” the younger Pellerano said. “My brother and I wanted to play on the same team and now we have the opportunity.”
Hernan also has national team level experience. He was called up in 2007 under Argentine coach Alfio Basile to play for his native Argentina. Now Pellerano joins the Aztec dogs as they prepare to take on the Clausura 2014 and the knock-off stage of the CONCACAF Champions League.