Tijuana: Ten Years Of Greatness

The league today posted a special story on its website commemorating Club Tijuana’s 10th Anniversary. Some brief highlights from the article:
The club was formed in 2007 after a group of investors purchased the Warriors Club of Tabasco, and relocated it to Tijuana and renamed it Club Gallos Caliente (Hot Roosters) of Tijuana. The original logo image was a black rooster silhouette against a dark red circle with black & white round circles surrounding it, later changed to an Aztec canine-which bears some similarities to Bud Light’s popular “Spuds McKenzie” canine mascot from the 80s & 90s.
Their first season, the Clausura 2007, saw them destined for demotion but a rules change by the Mexican Soccer Federation to expand the number of league teams kept them safe in the Ascenso MX. In the Apertura 2008 tournament next season, they did a complete turnaround and reached the playoff semifinals before losing to eventual champion Queretaro. One year later they led the Clausura 2009 tournament standings and reached the finals before losing. They finally went all the way next season, winning the Apertura 2010 tournament and eventually the Ascenso Grand Championship, earning them a promotion to Liga MX.
After finishing 15th in their first top tier tournament in the Apertura 2011, longtime coach Joaquin Del Olmo was fired and replaced with Argentine coach Aotonio Mohamed, who took them to the Clausura 2012 quarterfinals before they lost to Monterrey (ironically, now the team Mohamed coaches). Mohamed then led Tijuana all the way to the Apertura 2012 Championship, the club’s first top-tier title.
At the start of 2013 Tijuana made it’s first appearance in the Copa Libertadores, going 4-1-1 in opening round play and advancing to the round of 16, ultimately making it to the quarterfinals where they were beaten by Atletico Minero de Ronadinho (Brazil) in a heartbreaking tiebreaker on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate with some late missed opportunities.
In 2013-14 the team made it’s first CONCACAF Champions League appearance, going unbeaten in opening round play to earn a quarterfinal match against MLS’ LA Galaxy. They ultimately lost to fellow Liga MX rival Cruz Azul in the finals.
To this date, through round 1 of Clausura 2017, Tijuana has an all-time Liga MX record of 78-68-70, including a playoff mark of 12-6-10. hHey won the Apertura 2016 regular season title before being upset by Leon in the quarterfinals.

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