ATLANTA, GEORGIA—To further boost its coaching staff, the Atlanta United FC management has signed veteran Mexican soccer coach Eugenio Villazón to a contract deal.
Villazón will join Gonzalo Pineda’s coaching staff as an assistant coach.
Villazón rounds out Pineda’s staff alongside Rob Valentino (assistant), Diego de la Torre (assistant), Liam Curran (goalkeeping), and Erik Marquis (video), in addition, to support staff Ryan Alexander (Director of Sports Science), Jack Kimber (fitness) and Ricardo Oliveira (fitness).
Pineda is very pleased with the hiring of his fellow Mexican since the latter will add experience and development not only to the players but the coaching staff as well.
“Eugenio is a well-respected coach from Mexico and we’re very excited to add him to our coaching staff,” Pineda said.
“He will bring a lot of experience, knowledge and good human values. Eugenio will be pivotal for the development of not only our players but the whole coaching staff,” Pineda added.
Villazón spent his entire playing career at Liga MX side Toluca, where he won three league titles and made 79 appearances as a defender, and scored four goals between his debut in 1994 and retirement in 2002.
Vice President and Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra are also happy with the signing of Villazón.
“Eugenio brings a wealth of professional experience and complements our coaching staff well,” Bocanegra said.
“After an extensive search that included several candidates, it was evident that Eugenio was the best fit for Gonzalo and our team,” Bocanegra added.
The Mexico City, Mexico native made the transition to coaching in 2003, joining his former manager Enrique Meza’s staff as an assistant at Cruz Azul. Villazón would follow Meza to Toluca in 2004 and Pachuca in 2006, where the team won the 2006 Copa Sudamericana, 2007 and 2008 Concacaf Champions Cup and the Liga MX Clausura title in 2007. Villazón continued as an assistant on Meza’s staff at stints at Cruz Azul (2009-2012), Toluca (2012-2013), Pachuca (2013-2014) and Morelia (2015-2016). In 2017, Villazón was named Director of Morelia’s reserves and academy. Most recently, he served as an assistant coach with Toluca in 2021.
Atlanta United today announced that Eugenio Villazón will join Gonzalo Pineda’s coaching staff as an assistant coach.