ANDY SCHREUR - Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Club Tijuana and their contingent of American players host their first Champions League match as they welcome El Salvador's Firpo on Wednesday night.
Club Tijuana - Firpo
The two teams played to a scoreless draw in San Salvador on August 6 with Joe Corona, Edgar Castillo and Paul Arriola starting for the Xolos. Gregory Garza played the last seven minutes of the match earlier this month.
Tijuana then traveled to Honduras to take on Victoria, who they defeated 3-2 on a rain soaked field after a two hour weather delay. Arriola scored in the 10th minute as the Xolos held off a furious comeback by the Honduras club.
Firpo has struggled domestically and only managed six points in five matches, which sees them in fifth place in the ten team first division.
The Xolos are in good shape after two away matches and can further extend their lead with a win on Wednesday night in the Estadio Caliente. Victoria and Firpo play on September 19th in El Salvador.
The Xolos are still without new signing Herculez Gomez, who is recovering from a knee injury. Dario Benedetto, who played the first half against Santos Laguna last week, may miss the Champions League clash due to lingering leg issues.
Firpo have not publicized any injuries ahead of Wednesday's match.