Liga MX transfers have been rampant since the conclusion of the 2023 Clausura season, ahead of the 2023 Apertura campaign.
The Tijuana Xolos have already announced four signings to open the transfer window, but now both Federico Lertora and Jose Juan Vazquez have officially said their respective goodbyes to Club Tijuana.
“I have to say goodbye to this great shield. A club that opened the doors to this beautiful country for me. Even though the goals we had did not go as we expected, I leave very grateful for the respect and affection they gave me all this time”, Lertora said via an Instagram post.
The Argentine midfielder played 30 total league games for the Border City Dogs in his tenure with the team and is now set to join Queretaro. Lertora was a defensive midfielder and now has a direct replacement, as Fernando Madrigal was recently signed by the Xoloitzcuintles.
“I want to thank Xolos for giving me the opportunity to be part of you, my teammates, and every single person that worked for the team, thank you for everything,” said Jose Juan Vazquez.
Vazquez played 42 games for Club Tijuana dating back to 2022 but recently had almost no activity under manager Miguel Herrera. Last season, Vazquez featured in eight games but started in just four of those games, averaging about 40 minutes per game played.
At 35 years old, “Gallito” is at another stage of his career, and it is unclear as to where he will play in the upcoming season. Club Tijuana continue to add and drop players, as Miguel Herrera demonstrated how unsatisfied he was with the team that competed in the 2023 Clausura season.
There have been plenty of rumors that indicate that Joaquin Montecinos is close to departing the club as well, but nothing is official just yet. These two departures are official, along with the signings of Carlos Gonzalez, Fernando Madrigal, Diego Barbosa, and Christian Rivera.
Club Tijuana will begin its 2023 Apertura campaign on Friday, June 30, at the Estadio Caliente against Pumas UNAM. There is still plenty of moves within the border city team that are expected to take place within the coming weeks before the start of the new season.
Francisco, 26, Chula Vista/Tijuana. I have been a Padres fan all my life, did most of the series previews and recaps in the Padres’ 2016 season for EVT. Now I focus more on the local soccer scene. Tijuana Xolos, San Diego Loyal, San Diego Wave.