Tijuana residents are excited about their first soccer team called the Xolos.
The anticipation is building in Tijuana. The fans at Caliente Stadium are not only hyped but ready to witness a moment long in the making.
"This is the first time in history that we have a major league team fighting for a championship game," said Ramon Ramos, a San Ysidro resident.
(KNSD)It's a sense of pride and of accomplishment.
"It's almost like saying the San Diego chargers never had a football team, [then] they get a football team and they go to the Super Bowl ...what would you feel like?" explained Johnny Rivera, another San Ysidro resident.
But for Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente it's more than a game, it's a movement.
Xoloitzcuintles, or Xolos for short, (pronounced "Cholos") is the name of an ancient Aztec dog paraded around at games, otherwise known as the Mexican hairless dog. The mascot is seen on everything, from t-shirts to stickers.
"This is something that maybe was unprecedented," said Ivan Orozco, English Communications spokesman for Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente. "But we're here and our team is ready to do the best they can to win."
In just six years Tijuana's soccer team has gone from non-existent, to securing a spot in Mexico's top flight league. The exposure is helping improve Tijuana's tarnished image while bringing many, a sense of hope.