Club Tijuana

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ClubTJ-copyClub Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente commonly referred to as Xolos de Tijuana, or simply as Xolos, is a Mexican professional football club from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

Based just south of the Mexico-United States border, Club Tijuana is one of the strongest teams in Liga MX, the top flight in Mexico.

Founded in January 2007, Club Tijuana moved into Mexico’s top division Liga MX in 2011. By winning the 2012 Apertura, Club Tijuana became the fastest club to win a championship following promotion to Mexico’s top flight. Xolos allowed just 15 goals in 17 matches – tied for the lowest mark in the league – leading up to that year’s playoffs. Their title was captured via a 4-1 aggregate victory over Toluca in the Final. Club Tijuana also made it to the semifinals of the 2013-14 CONCACAF Champions League, defeating the LA Galaxy 4-3 on aggregate in the quarterfinals.

Club Tijuana has seven American players on its roster, five of which are age 20 or younger and have played for the U.S. Youth National Teams. The most notable American is 24-year-old midfielder Joe Corona, who has two goals in 14 appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team. Corona has spent his entire professional career with Xolos.

Xolos is short for Xoloitzcuintles, a type of hairless dog native to Mexico.

The colors that identify the club are red and black.