Federico Vilar has hung up his gloves. The 39-year-old Argentinian goalkeeper, who made his professional debut in 1999 with Almirante Brown, spent the last 13 years of his career in Mexico, playing for Atlante, Monarcas Morelia, Atlas, and Tijuana.
After 519 games, 13 years in @LigaBancomerMX and one championship, @fvcaar03 retires from professional soccer
Vilar won the Apertura 2007 league title with Atlante, the same season he was named Best Goalkeeper; he also won the 2008-2009 CONCACAF Champions League with the Potros as well as the Apertura 2013 Copa MX with Morelia.
In the press conference announcing his retirement, Vilar stated that he had been considering retirement for some time and had even thought of making the Clausura 2016 his last season before Tijuana coach Miguel Herrera convinced him to stay on.
After the Xolos were eliminated from the playoffs on Sunday, Vilar decided now was the time to make his break with the sport – at least as a player. Vilar expressed an interest in coaching as well as a desire to remain connected to Mexico, where he now holds citizenship.