Game: Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente vs. Club Atlético de San Luis
Date: Wednesday, August 12th
Time: 10:00 p.m. Eastern, 9:00 p.m. Central, 7:00 p.m. Pacific, 2:00 a.m. UTC
Venue: Estadio Caliente (Tijuana, B.C.)
Referees: REF: Marco Antonio Ortiz Nava, AR1: Pablo Israel Hernández Luna, AR2: Jéssica Fernanda Morales Morales, 4TH: Mario Humberto Vargas Mata, VAR: Oscar Macías Romo, AVAR: Jesús Sevilla Palafox
All-time record: These two teams have faced off just once before, with Tijuana winning 3-2 in San Luis Potosí back on September 29, 2019. Tijuana got a brace from Ariel Nahuelpán and a goal from Leonel Miranda while Atleti got goals from Oscar Macías and Nicolas Ibáñez.
It wasn’t pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but Tijuana (1W 1D 1L) was able to hold Tigres (1W 2D 0L) to a scoreless draw at the Mictlán their last time out. They’ll face Atlético San Luis (0W 2D 1L) tomorrow night in Tijuana in just the second time the clubs have met.
Xolos looked to be solid defensively against Tigres, frustrating their opponents at every opportunity. Jonathan Orozco and the defense put together their first shutout of the season, limiting Tigres to just three shots on goal. On the other side of the ball, Xolos only managed one shot on goal and largely looked wasteful with their chances. Much of this can be chalked up to a focus on defending, but Xolos will recognize the need to convert the chances that are given to them.
Atlético San Luis comes in having drawn two and lost one, however the combined record of the teams they’ve faced is 2W 3D 4L. They drew FC Juárez (1W 2D 0L) and Atlas (0W 1D 2L) 1-1 and lost to Toluca (1W 0D 2L) 3-2. Atleti does have some strong offensive players, and Xolos would be wise to study up on Mauro Quiroga and Nicolás Ibáñez and their movement on the pitch. The defense on the other hand hasn’t proven it can handle a strong offense, and Xolos may have the best one they’ve faced so far.
Tijuana will be looking to bounce back from a lackluster performance against Tigres, and Atleti may just be the team that they can use to set themselves straight. The short turnaround time and Tijuana being able to stay at home will favor them, as Atleti has to travel from San Luis Potosí. They also can’t afford to underestimate them however, as this team is capable of scoring against almost any opponent.