Diego Cocca-New Tijuana Head Coach

Ahead of the Gran Final kickoff Thursday, Tijuana introduced their 3rd head coach in just a year-Diego Martin Cocca takes over the Xolos for the Clausura 2018 Tournament. Cocca replaces Eduardo Coudet, who who was fired after only 15 games (before Week 16) replacing Miguel Herrera, who left the club for America. Cocca, from Buenos Aires, Argentina, comes to Tijuana from Argentina’s Racing Club team where he won an Argentina First Division Championship in 2014. He coached in Argentina most of the last decade, leaving briefly for Colombia before returning to Racing Club to start this year. He began his soccer career as a player in 1991, debuting in Argentina at age 19 and playing around the world over 15 years including parts of 6 years in Liga MX (Atlas, 1999-2001; Veracruz, 2003-04; Queretaro, 2005) before retiring in 2006 back in Argentina. Cocca will also have several new staff joining him in Tijuana-Mauro Nestor Gerk as assistant coach and Leonardo Javier Bustos & Renso Valinoti as trainers.

Source: Club Tijuana press release

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Apertura 2017 Week 17 Results: Toluca 3, Tijuana 1

In the first half of the season-ending Week 17 Sunday doubleheader, Toluca hosted Tijuana with a little less pressure thanks to clinching a playoff spot last night when Necaxa lost. As their home-dominant self this year so far, Toluca still would’ve gotten in today anyway thanks to an easy 3-1 win. Fernando Uribe scored 2 first half goals to give Toluca a 2-0 lead at halftime, and Jesus Mendez added a 3rd goal on a free kick in the 54th minute. Only a Gustavo Bou goal in the 57th minute spoiled a potential shutout. With the win, Toluca moves up to 4th in the standings for now, and will wait for today’s regular season finale between Santos & America to see where they wind up. If America loses or ties, Toluca will finish 4th and play America. If America wins, Toluca will be 5th and play Morelia.

Game Stats:
Goals-Fernando Uribe 2 (Toluca, 25′, 43′, 8th of tournament), Jesus Mendez (Toluca, 54′, 1st of tournament), Gustavo Bou (Tijuana, 57′, 7th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Tijuana 1
Corner Kicks-Tijuana 5, Toluca 2
Amarillas-Tijuana 2 (Victor Malcorra, 51′, Juan Lucero, 78′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Nemesio Diez, Toluca
Attendance: 20,269 (65,3% capacity)

Next up:
Toluca-TBA vs. America or Morelia in quarterfinals
Tijuana-Clausura 2018 Tournament

Apertura 2017 Week 16 Results: Tijuana 2, Leon 1

The second game last night was another all-or-nothing playoff matchup as Tijuana was trying to keep it’s slim playoff hopes alive, but facing a very tough task hosting Leon. The hosts were up to the task, as despite an early deficit they rallied late for a 2-1 win. Juan Cornejo gave Leon an early 1-0 lead with a 16th minute goal, and it held up until Leon gave up a PENAL! in the 70th minute. Victor Malcorra converted to tie the game up, then Juan Lucero added a 78th minute goal to give Tijuana the lead. They had a chance for more but Gustavo Bou failed on a PENAL! in the 87th minute. The win keeps Tijuana’s slim playoff hopes alive and denies Leon a playoff berth for now. But Tijuana’s fate will be determined tomorrow as they will need help from their final week opponent to have a chance-Toluca. And even worse for the Xolos, it’s at Toluca.

Game Stats:
Goals-Juan Cornejo (Leon, 16′, 2nd of tournament), Victor Malcorra (Tijuana, 71′, 2nd of tournament, Penalty Kick), Juan Lucero (Tijuana, 78′, 1st of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Tijuana 3, Leon 1
Corner Kicks-Tijuana 2
Amarillas-Tijuana 4 (Malcorra, 20′, Damian Musto, 60′, Miler Bolanos, 63′, Matias Aguirregaray, 80′), Leon 1 (Andres Andrade, 3′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Caliente, Tijuana
Attendance: 26,333 (96.3% capacity)

Next up:
Tijuana-at Toluca (11/19)
Leon-Guadalajara (11/18)

Apertura 2017 Week 15 Results: Guadalajara 3, Tijuana 1

While it really won’t save their all but gone playoff hopes, Guadalajara continued its recent turnaround and finally got their first home win this year with a 3-1 win over Tijuana last night. It didn’t start well as Tijuana took a quick 1-0 lead on Miler Bolanos’ 6th minute goal, but Carlos Fierro pulled the Chivas even in the 20th minute then Jose Macias scored his first 2 career top-tier goals to put Guadalajara ahead for good and also give the Chivas their first winning streak of the year as they continue to build some late-tournament momentum for their upcoming Clausura title defense and their crosstown rivalry game next week against Atlas. The loss also denied Tijuana a chance to get into a tie for the last playoff spot.

Game Stats:
Goals-Miler Bolanos (Tijuana, 6′, 3rd of tournament), Carlos Fierro (Guadalajara, 20′, 2nd of tournament), Jose Macias 2 (Guadalajara, 37′, 55′, 2nd of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Tijuana 4, Guadalajara 1
Corner Kicks-Tijuana 2
Amarillas-Tijuana 4 (Juan Nunez, 51′, Alejandro Donatti, 65′, Juan Iturbe, 70′, Juan Valenzuela, 90′), Guadalajara 1 (Fierro, 85′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Chivas, Zapopan, Jalisco
Attendance: 23,536 (51.8% capacity)

Next up:
Guadalajara-Atlas (11/4)
Tijuana-Leon (11/3)

Apertura 2017 Week 14 Results: Atlas 1, Tijuana 0

In the second half of last night’s doubleheader, Atlas hosted Tijuana with both teams looking to get back into the top 8. And much to the dismay of Monterrey & America fans, Atlas put potential playoff spot clinchings this weekend on hold with a 1-0 win. The only goal came in the 62nd minute when Milton Caraglio converted a PENAL! Because they still have to make up their postponed Week 8 game against Tigres, Atlas still has a slim chance at 1st place because of the win.

Game Stats:
Goals-Milton Caraglio (Atlas, 62′, 4th of tournament, Penalty Kick)
Shots on Goal-Tijuana 2
Corner Kicks-Atlas 7, Tijuana 6
Amarillas-Tijuana 2 (Miler Bolanos, 24′, Victor Aguilera, 61′), Atlas 1 (Javier Salas, 85′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco
Attendance: 23,989 (43.5% capacity)

Next up:
Atlas-at Queretaro (10/28)
Tijuana-at Guadalajara (10/28)

Apertura 2017 Week 10 Results: Tijuana 2, Lobos 1

The make-up of Week 10 began tonight with Tijuana visiting Lobos in the first of 5 games tonight. It also was the longest thanks to a power outage in the 7th minute that forced an extended delay in play. Before the stoppage, Gustavo Bou snapped his scoring slump with Tijuana’s first goal in the 2nd minute. When play resumed under partial power after the delay, Miler Bolanos scored a 38th-minute goal to make Tijuana’s lead 2-0. Amaury Escoto headed in a goal in the 43rd minute, but once again the deficit was too much for Lobos to overcome.

Game Stats:
Goals-Gustavo Bou (Tijuana, 2′, 6th of tournament), Miler Bolanos (Tijuana, 38′, 2nd of tournament), Amaury Escoto (Lobos, 43′, 4th of tournament)
Shots on Goal-Lobos 2
Corner Kicks-Lobos 6, Tijuana 3
Amarillas-Victor Aguilera, 33′, Manuel Lajud, 43′), Lobos 1 (Juan Medina, 34′)
Rojas-Nil

Venue: Estadio Universitario BUAP, Puebla
Attendance: 4651 (24.1% capacity)

Next up:
Lobos-Cruz Azul (10/21)
Tijuana-at Atlas (10/20)

Apertura 2017 Week 13 Results: Tijuana 0, Veracruz 0

The second half of tonight’s doubleheader featured Tijuana hosting Veracruz. The game had almost everything-the only thing missing was goals, as both sides played to a 0-0 tie. There were major fireworks in the 64th minute, when Tijuana’s Damian Musto drew one of a couple Amarillas by each side, and teammate Alejandro Donatti apparently took enough issue to get a Rojas! HE GONE! After that, Veracruz’s Cristian Pellerano had his turn for Amarillas, and apparently his teammate Diego Chavez took exception, so Rojas! HE GONE! Leandro Vasquez too? Rojas! HE GONE! That’s THREE Rojas in less than 2 minutes!

Game Stats:
Goals-Nil
Shots on Goal-Tijuana 4, Veracruz 2
Corner Kicks-Tijuana 5, Veracruz 2
Amarillas-Tijuana 5 (Juan Nunez, 41′, Gustavo Bou, 58′, Damian Musto, 64′, Damian Perez, 79′, Miler Bolanos, 89′), Veracruz 3 (Diego Chavez, 49′, Cristian Pellerano, 65′, Daniel Villalva, 89′)
Rojas-Veracruz 2 (Chavez, 65′, Leandro Vasquex, 65′), Tijuana 1 (Alejandro Donatti, 65′)

Venue: Estadio Caliente, Tijuana
Attendance: 25,333 (92.6% capacity)

Next up:
Tijuana-at Lobos (10/17)
Vercruz-at Tigres (10/17)