• Thursday Mar 27, 2014

    Club Tijuana faces Liga MX, CCL challenges

    Club Tijuana's Javier Guemez (right) in CONCACAF Champions League action against Luis Angel Firpo on August 28, 2013. (Photo: Mexsport)

    TIJUANA, Mexico – As the team continues pushing for a spot in the domestic playoffs and a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) final, the next few days are critical for Club Tijuana.

    In the Liga MX Clausura standings, the Xolos are in a four-way tie for sixth place on 17 points, but do not currently occupy a playoff position due to inferior goal difference.  That could all change after Friday’s visit to Queretaro.

    A win would move Tijuana into the top eight, while a loss – combined with a series of other results – could potentially drop them down as low as 14th place.

    Then, on Tuesday, the 2012 Apertura champion welcomes Cruz Azul to the Estadio Caliente for the first leg of their all-Mexican CCL semifinal series. 

    The stakes couldn’t be higher, but midfielder Javier Guemez is taking a measured approach during this decisive period.

    "We go with the mentality of getting points and follow the right track looking for the objective of advancing to the next round of the tournament," said the 22-year-old.

    Offensively, Tijuana has been in good form as of late, scoring a combined seven goals in its last two games -- wins over the LA Galaxy (4-2) and Puebla (3-1).  On the other side of the ball, though, it has posted only one shutout in its last 10 outings. 

    That’s one trend Guemez would like to see reversed.

    "We want to keep it zero on our goal and we want to make a good game in that sense,” he expressed.  “We are working hard to reach a place in playoffs and it will be very important to be solid in defense and know to score when opportunities present themselves.”

    In the most important games, opportunities can be few and far between.  In order for Tijuana to achieve its goals this season, they must be seized immediately.

  • Champions League

    Related News



RELATED NEWS YOU'LL LIKE

Monterrey lands Ecuador int’l GK Dominguez

Monterrey announced Friday the acquisition of goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez from Ecuador’s Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito.

Sobis says goodbye to Tigres

Rafael Sobis said goodbye to his Tigres teammates at a preseason camp Thursday, shortly after it was announced that he was joining Cruzeiro in his native Brazil.

W Connection’s Winchester joins Williams in Mexico

DirecTV W Connection announced Wednesday that forward Shahdon Winchester is leaving the club to link up with former teammate Jomal Williams at Mexican Ascenso side Murcielagos.

Pachuca, Santos draw in friendly

Mexican champion Pachuca and Santos played to a 1-1 draw in a preseason friendly on Tuesday night at Children’s Mercy Park.

Alpha United’s Dover elated with Guyana Finale triumph

Alpha United head coach Wayne Dover expressed delight at his team’s Guyana Stag Elite League triumph over rival Slingerz FC via penalty kicks in the Finale (closing tournament) final, which didn’t end until the early hours of Monday morning. The Hammer prevailed 3-0 after a scoreless draw.