#2 | Defender
Jesus Vazquez | #2
Weight: 179 lbs.
Birthplace: San Luis Obispo, CA
Acquired: Via loan on 7/25/22 (signed via transfer on 08/18/22)
Previous club: Rio Grande Valley FC (USLC)
Indy Eleven announced on July 25 a loan agreement with Rio Grande Valley FC that brought Jesus Vazquez to Indiana’s Team, and less than a month later the squad made the defender a permanent addition by acquiring him from the Texan side via a transfer on August 18. Vazquez made his first appearance for the squad in the starting XI on July 30 versus the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
The 27-year-old Vazquez joins the Boys in Blue after half a season with RGV Toros FC, where he started in 11 of 16 appearances in USLC regular season play and served as captain in four early season contests, including the Eleven’s 2-1 road win on April 9. Vazquez led RGV with a 59.4 passes per 90 minutes average and placed third on the squad in passing accuracy (84.6%), clearances (26), and blocks (3).
Prior to his time with Toros, the San Luis Obispo, Calif.-native logged two seasons of Championship play with LA Galaxy II, scoring twice and serving as Los Dos’ captain in all 42 regular season and playoff appearances from 2020-21. Prior to beginning his professional career, the dual American and Mexican citizen came up through the U-20 and reserve ranks of Mexican sides Pumas UNAM, Santos Laguna, and CF Atlante from 2014-19 before making his pro debut with the latter side in the Mexican second division.
They Said It …
Vazquez upon initially joining the Boys in Blue in July 2022: “My family and I are excited to join Indy Eleven. I am looking forward to adapting to the club quickly and am ready to get to work.”
Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry: “Jesus Vazquez fits the mold of player we want both on the field and in the locker room. He is a tone-setting, hard-nosed center back who at the same time is comfortable with the ball at his feet and playing out of the back. Jesus has also been a leader at both of his previous stops in the Championship, and we look forward to him instilling those qualities to strengthen our across the back half of the season.”