Official: Cavallini Comes Calling For Club Tijuana
Former Vancouver Whitecaps designated player and Canadian national team striker Lucas Cavallini has been officially unveiled by Liga MX side Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente (Xolos).
The 30-year-old striker has been available as free agent after the Whitecaps opted not to extend his contract option a day following his call to the World Cup, with the forward having been the highest-paid Canadian in MLS at the time.
Cavallini’s three seasons in Vancouver saw him record 18 goals in 68 appearances for the side, during which time he also featured regularly for John Herdman and the Canadian national team en route to the country’s first World Cup qualification since1986.
Before landing in Vancouver for a cool $6 million, El Tanque was a strong performer in Liga MX with Puebla, for whom he recorded 28 goals and 8 assists in 81 appearances. He was also quite prolific in Uruguay before that, bagging 28 goals for CA Fenix, six for Penarol, and ten for Juventud de las Piedras after developing with Nacional.
Cavallini’s strong, physical frame makes the target a good centre-forward, with a powerful left boot complimenting a deceptive pace. His emotions sometime get the best of him on the pitch, however, with Cavillini also credited with eight red cards throughout his career.
His new chapter with Xolos sees him join the Liga MX side for the 2023 Clausura. His new team is still seeking their first win of the season following three draws and one loss. The team finished fifteenth in the Apertua, just two points outside of playoffs.