Just because the World Cup is going on doesn’t mean everyone gets to take the month off to watch. Club Tijuana has been hard at work during the offseason, taking a trip to Mazatlán to work out on the beach.
Xolos will be in Mazatlán until June 22, “with the team working daily double sessions,” according to a press release.
The club also announced it would be playing against Monarcas Morelia in a preseason friendly in Sacramento, California on July 11 at Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats minor league baseball team. It’s also the first time Xolos have ventured to Northern California.
For the first time in a while, Xolos neither gained nor lost any players. This may change as the season draws nearer, however...
Xolos players aren’t taking any time off for the World Cup, and the rumors aren’t either.
#Racing | Damian Pérez es nuevo jugador de Racing, tanto el jugador como la CD llegaron a un acuerdo en lo económico. Cuando Víctor Blanco regrese de Rusia el ex Xolos pondrá su firma. ¡BIENVENIDO DAMIAN! pic.twitter.com/KKjrOmREV8— Vicente Sarcinelli (@Vicentems22) June 9, 2018
According to Argentine journalist Vicente Sarcinelli, Damián Pérez will reunite with former Xolos manager Eduardo Coudet with Racing de Avellaneda. In a way this makes sense given the recent signing of Luis Fuentes from Pumas, however it will be tough to see Pérez go after the season he had for Xolos.
Me comenta una fuente en Argentina que hay pláticas avanzadas para cerrar la contratación del mediocampista uruguayo de #Independiente Diego Martín Rodríguez para que sea nuevo jugador de #Xolos. pic.twitter.com/tI2ZOAoejT— Juan Heriberto (@JuanHeribertoMF) June 12, 2018
Tijuana-based journalist Juan Heriberto says a source says that Uruguayan midfielder Diego Rodríguez will be joining Xolos. “Torito” Rodríguez is a 28 year old defensive midfielder with Club Atlético Independiente in Argentina and represented Uruguay in the 2012 London Olympics. This signing would be quite the development, as Damián Musto has also been linked with Racing going back as far as December of 2017.
Xolos Femenil is also in preseason, and Tijuana-based journalist Jessi Zamora shot this video of a Xolos Femenil practice.
The Liga MX Femenil is scheduled to start on Friday, July 13 and is paying dividends already as Mexico’s U17s came in second place in the Concacaf Women’s U17 Championship behind the United States. While no Xolos Femenil players are currently on the roster, Mexico will play in the Women’s U17 World Cup in Uruguay in November and is in Group B with South Africa, Brazil, and Japan.