The Tijuana Xolos played to a scoreless draw against Atlas in their Week 2 matchup in the Liga MX 2024 Clausura this Saturday, January 20, at the Estadio Jalisco.
Miguel Herrera made some adjustments to the starting 11 presented in the 2-0 loss to Club America in the season opener.
The biggest change was that goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez was rested for precautionary reasons, as Jose de Jesus Corona started the game in Guadalajara. Rodriguez is set to start the match this Friday against Chivas at the Estadio Caliente, as this was not anything serious.
The only other change was that Domingo Blanco started over Alejandro Martinez on the wing, but this did not really make an impact in the attack. Club Tijuana played to a very frustrating match with not many scoring opportunities in the 90 minutes. In the first half, the Border City Dogs had no shots on target and were very close to conceding a goal in the 23rd minute.
Mateo Garcia took out goalkeeper Jesus Corona and shot toward the net, but a last-minute goal-line clearance by Kevin Balanta saved the day for the Xoloitzcuintles. The border city side was also very lucky that Jordy Caicedo released a shot that was way off the mark after Balanta’s clearance, as the score miraculously remained 0-0.
Club Tijuana played a bit better in the second half but was ultimately saved by a significant performance by Jose de Jesus Corona. The same story that had been seen for most of last season was seen tonight at the Estadio Jalisco, with Club Tijuana providing a lackluster showing, accompanied by a standout goalkeeper performance.
The Border City Dogs gain a valuable point away from home, but have overall had a very disappointing start to the 2024 Clausura season. The Aztec Canines will host Chivas at the Estadio Caliente this Friday, January 26, in front of what is expected to be a sold-out crowd at the Mictlan.
This is set to be a very hard-fought match, but Club Tijuana must take advantage of every home bout if they wish to make the Liga MX playoff this 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.