On Saturday Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente presented Cesar Farias as the team’s new coach at the Caliente stadium. Farias will lead the Aztec dogs during the Clausura 2014 tournament that includes participation in the CONCACAF Champions League.
The presentation was hosted by club president Jorgealberto Hank, as well as Gog Murguia, team vice president and team sporting director Ignacio Palou. The team mascot, the Xolo Mayor was also present to receive Farias who concludes his tenure as Venezuelan national team coach.
“We made an analysis of what the team needed,” Hank said at the conference. “From the first time we spoke with Cesar Alejandro there was an instant ‘click’ and we did not stop until the formalities were signed. His record at club and national team level really caught our attention.”
Club Tijuana’s new coach praised the institution and the commitment they have with their fans, as well as the style the team demonstrates on the pitch.
“I believe in the project and the team believes in the continuity,” Farias said. “They believe in us and it didn’t take long to convince us to sign on.”
The new coach instantly took control of the team and held his first practice on Sunday. Farias is aware of his responsibilities and the challenge the team will face in March 2014 when they take on the Los Angeles Galaxy in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Champions League.
“I have a strong commitment,” Farias added. “I am part of this institution. I feel at home, not like a guest, as if I am from here. We already spoke with the players. We have a great team and will push to meet our goals.”
Tijuana is scheduled to perform their preseason training in Mazatlán where they will take on Dorados de Culiacan in two games, as well as Cimarrones de Hermosillo. The rojinegros will conclude their preseason with the San Diego Clasico on Dec. 28, 2013 against Club America.