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Match preview: Club Tijuana vs. Club León

After a wild week off of the pitch, Xolos will host rival León.

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Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente press release

Game: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente vs. Club León

Date: Friday, November 3rd

Time: 11:00 p.m. Eastern, 10:00 p.m. Central, 8:00 p.m. Pacific, 3:00 a.m. UTC

Venue: Estadio Caliente (Tijuana, B.C.)

Television: United States - Univision Deportes; Mexico - Azteca 7, Sky HD, Sky Planeta Fútbol

Streaming: fuboTV (Free trial + monthly subscription), Sling (Free trial + monthly subscription), Univision NOW, Fanatiz

What was already a tumultuous season for Tijuana (5W 3D 7L) was thrown in to complete anarchy on Monday when manager Eduardo Coudet resigned, taking his entire staff with him. On Wednesday, U20s manager Diego Torres was named as the interim manager, and on Thursday the club was linked to former Bayern Munich and United States manager Jürgen Klinsmann as reports surfaced of the possibility of players being dismissed after fighting in the locker room.

Prior to this drama Tijuana lost to lowly Chivas (3W 6D 6L) in Guadalajara, pushing Xolos even further from the Liguilla. Chivas was able to exploit a weakness along Tijuana’s left, scoring all three goals from that side while stifling the Xolos attack.

Oh by the way, there’s a match this Friday against the club’s biggest rival with Liguilla implications.

León (8W 2D 5L) comes in to Tijuana in fourth place after having absolutely dismantled Veracruz (4W 2D 9L) 6-2. Mauro Boselli has returned to his top form, as the Argentine has scored 11 goals in 15 games in the Apertura. Boselli isn’t the only one that’s found the scoring touch, as Eliás Hernández also has six goals on the season as well. And lest you think León is all about offense, William Yarbrough and the defense have allowed only 19 goals during the season. They’re a formidable unit, and it will take a supreme effort from Tijuana to be able to get some points - the kind of effort that was displayed only in spurts during the first portion of the season.