After kicking off the Apertura 2014 of La Liga MX with a 0-1 loss to Puebla FC last week, Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente is looking to rebound in their first away game of the season. Tijuana will play at the Azteca Stadium on Saturday, July 26, 2014 taking on Club America.
Xolos travelled to the Aztec capital on Friday in preparation to their upcoming game. This will be the second time that Coach Cesar Farias will take on Club America. He faced the eagles last season at the Caliente Stadium earning a victory with a goal from Cristian Pellerano.
Farias engaged the press upon arrival to Mexico City and appeared confident that he could lead the team to earn their first points of the Apertura 2014.
“America is a good rival that sets conditions on the pitch,” Farias said. “But if we pull out the best we have, what we have been doing, we’re going to come out with a good result.”
Xolos qualified for the playoffs last season but were eliminated in the quarterfinal round. The Aztec dogs are looking to have a good season, similar to what they had during the Apertura 2012 when they took the league title.
The championship result took Tijuana to international competitions, including the Copa Libertadores where they made a quarterfinal run. Xolos were eliminated by eventual champions Atletico Mineiro of Brazil. In CONCACAF Champions League, the Aztec dogs reached the semifinals before being ousted by eventual champion Cruz Azul.
The matchup between Club America and Xolos is the sixth official La Liga MX encounter between the two clubs. At this time the record is an even 2-2-2. Curiously the record is also even when it comes to home and away games with each holding a 1-1-1. In non-official games Tijuana holds the lead with a victory in the 2013 San Diego Clasico. Their other two meetings were draws.