Club Tijuana finished fourteenth in the recently completed Liga MX Clausura season. Three wins out of seventeen matches were not enough for the club's ownership, who announced today that "all the players on the current roster are eligible for transfer."
With Atlanta United in shopping mode this summer, here's a few potential targets from the Xolos to consider. With Tijuana's proximity to San Diego, it is no surprise that their roster is full of American players.
- Greg Garza, left back: Quality American left backs are not always easy to find. Garza is a 24 year old with nine caps for the US national team. He has not played since August of last year due to a hip injury that required surgery. Transfermarkt has Garza valued at around $1.5M. If he is healthy, he should be a top left back in MLS.
- Paul Arriola, right wing: Recently making his US national team debut, Arriola had a goal and an assist in the 3-1 win over Puerto Rico. He spent a year with the LA Galaxy Academy and turned down a senior team contract to sign with Xolos instead. The 21 year old started the last eight games of the Clausura season and showed versatility, featuring at right back and in the center of midfield along with his more traditional right wing position.
- Alejandro Guido, center midfield: Another young American at Xolos, the 22 year old Guido was a regular with the US U17's and U18's in recent years. He was in and out of the squad during the Apertura, but started the last two games of the season. Unfortunately, he underwent ACL surgery on his right knee at the beginning of 2016 and missed the Clausura season.
- Michael Orozco, center back: Orozco joined Xolos last summer and is a member of the US national team roster for the upcoming Copa America Centenario. He is 30 years old and has previously played in MLS, with Philadelphia in in 2010. He came up through the Academy at San Luis and featured over 100 times for their first team. Orozco played a great deal for Xolos in the Apertura, but only played in the final three games of the Clausura season. While primarily a center back, he can also play on the right.
- Juninho, center midfield: Tijuana paid the LA Galaxy a reported $2M for Juninho in December and he signed a three year deal with the Xolos. He has only started twice since March and one goal and two assists during the Clausura season. The São Paulo product played in nearly 200 league matches with the Galaxy between 2010-2015, winning three MLS Cups and earning a MLS All-Star team selection in 2015.
- Joe Corona, midfield: Corona spent an indifferent Clausura season on loan at Dorados de Sinaloa, who will be relegated to the Ascenso MX for the fall's Apertura season. He played in half of Dorados' matches, only starting twice. The 25 year old has 17 caps with the US national team, scoring two goals.