Tijuana Xolos: Lucas Cavallini excited to be back in Liga MX
This Thursday, Feb.9, 2023, Club Tijuana held a press conference for newly signed striker Lucas Cavallini.
The Canadian international was recently signed by the border city club in what he revealed to be a one-year deal.
Cavallini also revealed on Thursday that Xolos had previously contacted him over the years for his services, but he did not reveal how far back the initial contact began.
The Toronto native seemed very excited and eager to be back in Liga MX after a stint in Major League Soccer with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Cavallini said that the Liga MX and MLS are “different” and that the style of play in Mexico offers “more speed, more dynamism, and more technicality.”
Lucas Cavallini clearly expressed more than once in today’s press conference for #Xolos that he believes Liga MX is a better league than #MLS #LigaMXeng pic.twitter.com/PikHGXm1qi
— Francisco Velasco (@FranciscoEfV) February 10, 2023
Cavallini expressed that the global sport is played “how it should be” in the Liga MX in comparison to MLS, that he defined as an inferior league to Mexico’s top flight. The Canadian forward was very vocal of his satisfaction of being back in the Liga MX and also stated that it is important for him to be in a competitive league like this to “be the player he once was.”
Cavallini expressed clear ambition to continue getting called up by the Canadian national team after participating in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Xolos striker said he hopes to be able to compete for trophies such as the Gold Cup and Copa America with Canada.
When asked what he can offer to Club Tijuana, Cavallini kept it simple, saying, “score goals,” as that is his primary function. In five seasons for Puebla, Cavallini was able to net 27 goals, being the top goalscorer for the club for several seasons.
The Canadian forward’s best season at Puebla came in the 2018 Clausura campaign, where he scored nine goals in 17 games played. ‘El Toro’ offers stupendpous aerial play and a tremendous physical presence that has the potential to be key f0r Club Tijuana.
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Cavallini clearly expressed that he is in top physical condition and is ready to play as early as this Friday, Feb.10, when the Xolos host Atletico San Luis at the Estadio Caliente. Interim manager Cirilo Saucedo will take the charge on Friday night as the border city club still looks for a permanent replacement for Ricardo Valino.
Cavallini expressed that an interim manager does not faze him, as he encountered a similar situation when he first arrived at Puebla. The 30-year-old forward is clealry eager to get back in Liga MX and on the field as soon as possible with Club Tijuana.
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.