#8 | Midfielder
Raul Aguilera | #8
Weight: 160 lbs.
Birthplace: Sanford, FL
Previous club: Orlando City SC (MLS)
With Indy Eleven: Aguilera was signed by Indy Eleven on Jan. 13, 2022.
Before Indy Eleven: 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.
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.
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.