This Monday, it was learned that former longtime Liga MX goalkeeper Israel Villaseñor put an end to his playing career. The 35-year-old will no longer be between the sticks and will now serve as an assistant coach to Jose Guadalupe Cruz with Atlas.
Villaseñor had an extensive career in Mexican soccer ranging from 2004-2017, in those 13 years the Mexican keeper played with six different clubs. (Veracruz, Chiapas, Tecos UAG, Morelia, San Luis and Puebla) “El Super” started his career with Veracruz in 2004, he had a decent amount of playing time with Los Tiburones but was part of the Clausura 2008 team that relegated. Villaseñor was inclusively the goalkeeper in the 4-2 loss against Pumas UNAM in week 16 of the competition that officially sealed their relegation to the Ascenso MX.
The Mexican keeper bounced around in several different Liga MX teams after his stint with Veracruz, serving primarily as a backup goalkeeper. 2010 was the first time Villaseñor had Jose Guadalupe Cruz as a manager and “El Profe” brought him along on other teams as well. Cruz had the Jalisco native as a backup goalkeeper with Chiapas, Monarcas Morelia and Puebla. The two are now reunited again as members of the Atlas’ coaching staff, and it will be interesting to see if Villaseñor eventually pursues a managerial career.