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Notes from the Western Frontera - June 17

Preseason is underway for both the men’s and women’s teams, and rumors are springing up everywhere.

Tijuana v Monterrey - Playoffs Torneo Clausura 2018 Liga MX Photo by Gonzalo Gonzalez/Jam Media/Getty Images

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.

Preseason

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.

Moves

For the first time in a while, Xolos neither gained nor lost any players. This may change as the season draws nearer, however...

Rumors

Xolos players aren’t taking any time off for the World Cup, and the rumors aren’t either.

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.

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

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.