Game: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente vs. Club de Fútbol Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Date: Tuesday, September 26th
Time: 12:15 a.m. Eastern, 11:15 p.m. Central, 9:15 p.m. Pacific, 4:15 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Caliente (Tijuana, B.C.)
After the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico City lastTuesday, all Copa MX, Liga MX, and Ascenso MX matches were suspended to allow the country to focus on the rescue and recovery efforts underway. While there are still search and rescue efforts underway despite powerful aftershocks occurring, Liga MX will resume play tonight with five matches getting the league back underway.
After rocketing from the bottom to third place during a four game winning streak, Tijuana (4W 2D 3L) now sits in fifth in the table. The streak ended in their last outing in a 1-1 draw at Estadio Caliente to Club América thanks to a Miller Bolaños goal in the 68th minute to salvage a point. Tijuana still looked very good against a very powerful Club América side, however they’ll still have their work cut out for them against Tigres (3W 4D 1L). Damián Musto will miss the match after picking up a second yellow card against América. He’ll most likely be replaced by Enzo Kalinski, as manager Eduardo Coudet will need defensive grit to account for Tigres’ high-powered offense.
Tigres has scored eighteen goals in Liga MX play, with Ecuadoran Enner Valencia leading the club with six. With players like André-Pierre Gignac and Javier Aquino, Tigres can score on anyone. Unfortunately for them however, anyone can score on them. They’ve given up multi-goal games in each of their last three outings against Monarcas Morelia, Lobos BUAP, and América.
Winger Jürgen Damm is listed as questionable due to suffering a knee injury in training on Monday. If Nahuel Guzmán and the Tigres defense can’t tighten things up, Gustavo Bou, Juan Iturbe, and the rest of the Xolos offense could look to add to their season stats.
If you’re heading to the match, Xolos will be collecting goods for earthquake relief from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. To date, the club has collected 90 tons of goods for the relief effort. If you’re not able to attend, the match is being broadcast in the United States on five different networks - including in English on ESPNEWS - as part of the #UnitedForEachOther / #UnidosPorLosNuestros effort to raise money for victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, and the earthquakes in Mexico.