Indy Eleven Adds Midfielder Raul Aguilera to Roster
Indy Eleven continued to build its roster for the 2022 USL Championship campaign with today's signing of Orlando City SC product Raul Aguilera. Per club policy, terms of the contract that bring the promising midfielder to the Circle City will not be released.
Aguilera comes to Indy Eleven familiar with Head Coach Mark Lowry, who was a coach on the staff of Orlando City's USSDA Academy when Aguilera was making his way through the club's ranks.
"When Mark reached out to me about playing under him this season I didn't have to think twice because I knew it'd be a perfect fit. He played an important role early on in my career, so to reunite with him almost 10 years later is special and truly exciting for me," said Aguilera. "I trust in his ability to create the winning environment that I crave and that Indy Eleven deserves, and he knows he can trust in me to buy in and give my all to my teammates and the organization. There's a lot to prove this year, and March 12th can't come soon enough."
After signing as Orlando City's tenth Homegrown Player prior to their 2021 MLS campaign, the 22-year-old native of Sanford, Fla., made three regular season appearances off the bench last year for the OCSC squad that qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs. In 2020, Aguilera featured for Orlando City B in USL League One, scoring once while starting in seven of his eight appearances. Aguilera began his path to the pros with Orlando City's Academy from 2015-17 and notched an all-conference honor for their U15/16 USSDA side in 2016.
"I'm thrilled to reunite with Raul Aguilera and bring his hunger to improve and compete into our squad," said Lowry. "I've kept tabs on Raul since our time in Orlando and know that, despite his young age, he is a mature young man and very intelligent footballer who will be a solid contributor at the USL Championship level."
Prior to starting his pro career, Aguilera played three seasons collegiately at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 2017-19, starting 30 of his 44 matches and contributing two goals and six assists from the midfield. While with the perennial national power, Aguilera contributed to the 2017 squad that went to the NCAA Men's College Cup that fell to Indiana University in the National Semifinals. Aguilera also played one season of USL League Two play with Florida-based squad SIMA Aguilas, helping the club to the Southeast Division regular season title.
Indy Eleven will continue to make additional announcements surrounding its roster leading up to the 2022 preseason beginning in February. Following are the 14 players currently signed to the squad's 2022 roster:
Goalkeeper: Bobby Edwards
Defender: A.J. Cochran, Mechack Jérôme, Alex McQueen, Karl Ouimette, Jared Timmer
Midfielder: Raul Aguilera, Ayoze, Sam Brown, Neveal Hackshaw, Nicky Law, Bryam Rebellón
Forward: Manuel Arteaga, Aris Briggs
Indy Eleven's full 2022 USL Championship schedule is now out, and fans can secure tickets for the 17 matches at Carroll Stadium - starting with the April 2nd home opener against LA Galaxy II - immediately via a 2022 Season Ticket Membership, discounted group tickets for parties of 10 or more, and one of the many Premium Hospitality options at Carroll Stadium. To receive ticketing details and lock in your seats at "The Mike", visit indyeleven.com/tickets or call 317-685-1100 during regular business hours. Single-game tickets are expected to go on sale in early February.
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