Farias confirmed as Xolos manager

Former Venezuela boss Cesar Farias will take over Club Tijuana, which is hoping to return to top form after a poor Apertura.
Club Tijuana announced Cesar Farias as its new manager Monday.

The ex-Venezuela manager takes over after an unsuccessful Apertura campaign saw Jorge Almiron fired. Almiron was unable to find the success of his predecesor, Antonio Mohamed, who led the Xolos to the Apertura crown in 2012 and a deep Copa Libertadores run in 2013. Almiron's Xolos were particularly poor on the road, getting only two points away from the Estadio Caliente.

Farias, a Venezuela native, took the Vinotinto to a fourth place finish in the 2011 Copa America, the country's best, and also took the country's U-20 squad to the U-20 World Cup for the first time.

"Club Tijuana is prepared for the biggest challenges. Their fans have always been important in the growth of the team and together we'll join together toward the goal," he said in a statement.

In addition to attempting to lead the club back to the Liga MX playoffs, Farias will also hope to continue the team's CONCACAF Champions League run, which resumes with a quarterfinal series against MLS' LA Galaxy in March.

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