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Tijuana advance to Liga MX semis after draw with Monterrey

Photo courtesy of Club Tijuana

Club Tijuana’s dreams of being Mexican champions can still become reality.

Tijuana reached the Liga MX semifinals on Sunday after playing to a 1-1 draw with Monterrey in the second leg of their quarterfinals series, a result that sent Xolos through on aggregate, 2-1. Tijuana had won the first leg on Thursday courtesy of a late goal from Greg Garza, and they went up 2-0 on aggregate in the second half of Sunday’s home match before conceding a late goal in stoppage time.

Garza and Edgar Castillo both saw the field in the second leg while fellow Mexican-American Joe Corona dressed but did not play. Garza came off the bench and played 19 minutes, and Castillo started and went the distance.

Xolos will face Leon in the semifinals.

What do you think of Tijuana advancing to the semifinals? Can you see Xolos making it to the finals? Think they have what it takes to win it all?

Share your thoughts below.


  1. At least 5,000 people cross from San Diego for every Xolo game. Most park and walk across the border, take a taxi for $8.00 and then enjoy the best soccer atmosphere in North America. The club has done a great job in building the team, the stadium and a very organized safe environment. The crowd is always at least 90% pro Xolo and and is surprisingly respectful to opposing teams fans. Altogether a great soccer experience.

  2. I’d be interested in going to a Xolos game next season, but I have zero interest in driving across the border. Anyone know of groups traveling from SD to TJ?

  3. is Corona not playing because of an injury? I have not followed the team that closely, but my impression was that Corona was a staple in the rotation, no?

    • Corona hasn’t been playing as much because Richard Ruiz and Duvier Riascos have been killing it for Tijuana.

      Joe is pretty good at getting down the line and putting crosses in but the aforementioned duo have been more dangerous in front of goal.

      We’ll see what happens but Xolos will definitely be upgrading next season so Joe’s minutes could be going down even more next year.

    • I’m curious too…my streams are always to poor in quality to tell. In the first leg, the freaking ball was yellow and blended in with the yellow pitch at Estadio Tecnológico. Maybe the pitch at the new Estadio de Fútbol Monterrey will be improved.


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