Even though the Liguilla Final has yet to be played, the Liga MX transfer season got under way yesterday. While not the most active club, Tijuana did make a couple of moves.
Luis Michel in from Dorados: Needing to replace the retiring Federico Vilar, Xolos seem to be taking a bit of a gamble on Michel. Michel spent the majority of his career with Chivas, making his debut with the Rebaño sagrado in 2003. He was loaned out to Santos Laguna and Deportivo Saprissa in Costa Rica, but really solidified his position in Guadalajara between 2006 and 2013. Michel was with Dorados de Sinaloa in the 2016 Clausura when Sinaloa was relegated to Ascenso MX, and spent the Apertura with Lobos BUAP. At 37, Michel will provide a veteran presence and perhaps serve as a mentor for Gibran Lajud and Dilan Nicoletti - both of whom are just 22 years old.
Gabriel Hauche to Toluca: The 30 year old Argentine is heading out on loan to Toluca. A solid contributor to Xolos’ 2016 Apertura, Hauche played in all 17 regular season games (and both playoff games), scoring four goals and contributing six assists.
Rodrigo Salinas to Toluca: Another loan out to Diablos rojos, Salinas is a 28 year old right back who was behind Yasser Corona and Michael Orozco in Miguel Herrera’s depth chart, only playing 30 minutes in the Apertura. Hopefully Salinas will be able to get some playing time, although with Gerardo Flores all but cemented in place that may be difficult.