Next January 14 will be the 13th anniversary of the founding of Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente, which even with a short history in the first division already has a good base of exported players from its quarry, who have begun to shine in our country or abroad.
Almost 10 years after their promotion and just under eight of their first and only championship, these are the five players from “La Perrera” who have stood out after passing through the Xolos de Tijuana and who, due to their excellent performance, they have left the institution for other teams.
The youngest and the most recent case of success of the border quarry is the young Luis Martínez who, at 21 years old became the first player of “La Perrera” to leave the old continent, Luis is going to play for Salamanca de the Spanish second division since this season, has 16 games played in Liga MX.
North American out of Tijuana, the story of Gregory Garza led him to play in the Guadalajara Atlas, and from there emigrate to MLS where he participated with Atlanta United when he was champion of Major League Soccer and with FC Cincinnati, he is currently a player free and his return to our country is imminent.
Another champion of 2012, Joe Benny Corona aroused the interest of several teams, he left the border to play in the Eagles of America before emigrating to MLS where he was a fundamental piece of the LA Galaxy until the end of his contract, he will play the following season with Austin FC in the first season of the new Major League Soccer expansion team.
The only one of the promotion who remained in the squad until after the 2012 championship, Paul Arriola consolidated with Antonio Mohamed, he became captain of the border team until he emigrated in 2017 to DC United where, after three years in the team from the North American capital, has become a benchmark in the MLS team.
The heir to the Xolaje arch was Lajud but, despite having good seasons, reaching the national team and traveling to Rio 2016 as part of the Olympic team, his mistakes led him to leave “La Perrera” his place was taken by Jonathan Orozco and Lajud went to warm up Santos Laguna’s bench, the results have not been very different on the border without his former goalkeeper.