Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente was honored Tuesday by San Diego city officials for its work on and off the field. (Note: the feed from the council meeting drops to black but returns)
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and City Councilmember David Alvarez recognized Club Tijuana Xolos Tuesday.
Several of the Mexican soccer champions were at City Hall to receive the honor for its success on the field and off the field.
"We are so proud of the Xolos," said Mayor Filner.
"When our teams aren't doing so well like the Padres and the Chargers, we point with pride at our team the Xolos because we're all one region."
In just six years Tijuana’s soccer team has gone from non-existent, to securing a spot in Mexico’s top flight league.
In December, fans all over the region watched as the team won its first title as champions of Mexico's soccer league.
Club Tijuana was also honored for its work with kids who want to become athletes.
Xolos played a role in the Crime Prevention Project, helping Tijuana's youth stay away from drugs and violence by promoting sports.
More than 500 students are currently enrolled at the Tijuana Academy, leading up to the creation of more training centers in the municipalities of Rosarito and Ensenada, as well as in Chula Vista and Temecula.