Just when the NPSL season ends, we get this awesome double-header of soccer. The Xolos of Tijuana traveled up to Riverside to challenge some of the best local talent, in front of the biggest crowd this season. The first match between Riverside FC would end 9-0 , as the confident u17 Xolos would put on an entertaining show for the crowd. Right after that match, the Coras Senior squad would suit up and face the u20 Xolos and walk away with a 3-1 victory.
Riverside FC played hard for 90 minutes against a very strong u17 side. The first goal came quickly and instantly built confidence for the visiting side. After that goal, the Tijuana CB duo began to split almost the entire length of the field, in an attempt to build wide play from the back. Riverside would often try to press the opponent, but wasn’t quick enough to stop possession. Many of Tijuana’s chances were broken up by #4 of the Riverside Academy, his athleticism was top-notch and he made two perfectly executed slide tackles, in the box, to stop a goal opportunity.
This was the first international friendly for the Riverside Academy. While the majority of the match was in Club Tijuana’s favor, the young Riverside players earned that international experience. The young players have now had the opportunity to see how high the bar is set in other countries and how they can strive to rival their peers. This tough loss will hopefully fuel the fire within these very talented Riverside players.
At 7:00 pm the main event kicked off, Riverside Coras vs Club Tijuana U20s. As it got closer to game time, more and more fans started to flood the bleachers of the stadium. The noise makers were out, the vuvuzelas were screaming and the tacos were grilling. It was a throwback to what helped me fall in love with this club and this experience, but even bigger. Everywhere you looked there were fans, and not just families, but all lovers of the beautiful game.
Riverside Coras would control majority of the match against the Xolos. possession started in the backline as the Coras would look to utilize the wings. The attacking pair of Kevin and Paul, continuously stretched the backline and provided scoring chances for each other. While the Tijuana reserves may have been as tactically strong as the Coras, they were at a loss when it came to physicality and experience.
For all of the details on the night’s events, check out our post-match recap: