The Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles have been added to Mexico's top league for the first time in the club's short history.
In front of a raucous crowd at Estadio Caliente, Tijuana defeated Irapuato 2-1 on Saturday night to win the Liga de Ascenso’s promotion playoff and earn a spot in Mexican soccer’s 18-team Primera Division. It was perhaps the biggest sporting event in the city's history.
“It’s something we’ve been waiting for for four years,” vice president Gog Murguia told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It’s something a lot of other people here have been waiting for even longer.”
Joe Corona was the hero for the Xoloitzcuintles, scoring their first goal and setting up the next. In the 29th minute, Corona put his team on the board with a header that hit the bottom of the crossbar before going into the goal.
“It was a couple second(s) of pure happiness,” Corona said, according to the Union-Tribune. “I can’t really describe the feeling. You see everything just stop for a moment. It’s incredible.”
The night ended in "Ti-ju-ana" chants from the fans, who can now expect yearly visits from Club America and Chivas of Guadalarajara.