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San Diego FC & Club Tijuana Announce a Five-Year Partnership to Establish Football Cultural Celebration for the Region, Host Annual Derby

May 16, 2024 - Major League Soccer (MLS)
San Diego FC News Release

San Diego FC (SDFC) and Club Tijuana (Xolos) today announced a unique five-year partnership that will feature an annual friendly match as part of a football cultural celebration for the region. The multi-year competition, the first of its kind between an MLS and Liga MX club, will be played at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego beginning in 2025. This match will be included in the season ticket packages for SDFC season ticket members, and ample tickets will be made available for Xolos fans.

Based less than 25 miles apart, SDFC and Xolos will co-create a unifying cultural celebration around the region's bi-national love of football. This new collaboration will not only provide an annual exhibition of top-tier football matches in San Diego but will also establish a friendly alignment between both organizations to engage with their respective supporters and fans on community service projects. Over time, Xolos and SDFC aspire to add entertainment and festival/fiesta elements to the events.

"We are honored to partner with our neighbors at Club Tijuana to co-create a series of exciting matches and a cultural celebration of the unique binational communities of San Diego and Tijuana," said San Diego FC CEO Tom Penn. "We are excited to compete intensely on the pitch and work together off the pitch to develop unifying initiatives and experiences that will help grow the game and make a positive impact on both sides of the border."

Club Tijuana, commonly referred to as Xolos, were founded in 2007 and play in Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Baja California. Xolos compete in Liga MX, Mexico's top division, and won the Liga MX title in 2012. Xolos is co-owned by Mexican businessman Jorgealberto Hank and Grupo Caliente.

Each of the annual matches as part of the multi-year partnership between both clubs will be produced, promoted and presented by SDFC. Additional details about the events will be announced at a later date.

This annual match will be included in the SDFC Season Ticket Memberships. For questions about Season Ticket Memberships with San Diego FC, please email

Season Ticket Memberships for club seats are on sale now. Fans interested in securing their club seats for the 2025 season and beyond can email for more information. Fans interested in becoming Founding Season Ticket Members for San Diego FC's inaugural MLS season in 2025 can secure their place in line by submitting an $18 deposit. For more information on how to secure their 2025 Season Ticket Memberships, SDFC fans can visit All proceeds from the deposit campaign will be donated by SDFC to the San Diego Foundation, serving as a contribution to support non-profit organizations working to promote the development of and access to the beautiful game, as well as other community initiatives and charitable purposes across San Diego County.

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