Tacoma Defiance currently has 19 players under contract for 2019. The club enters its second season in Tacoma in 2019 and plays its home matches at Cheney Stadium.

Technical Staff

Head Coach - Chris Little

 

Chris Little is in his first season as Head Coach of Tacoma Defiance. He is also the Sounders FC Academy Director of Coaching, where he oversees the development of Sounders FC’s youth system.

Little joined Sounders FC in 2017 from Elon University, where he was the Associate Head Coach from 2010 until 2013 before being promoted to Head Coach in 2014. He guided the Sounders FC Academy U-17 squad to the 2017-18 U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Championship, and also captured the 2018 U-17 Generation Adidas Cup championship. He has coached 20 Academy players that have been involved with U.S. Youth National Teams, and eight players from his U-17 squads have signed professional contracts with S2. Little was named the 2018 U-16/17 U.S. Development Academy West Division Coach of the Year, and his club won the conference’s Community Award for the second consecutive season.

During his time at Elon, he won four conference championships and made three NCAA Tournament appearances. Little was named the 2015 Coach of the Year in the Midwest Region, and has had six former players from Elon sign professional contracts. In 2012, he was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Assistant Coach of the Year for the South Region.

Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Little grew up in Swindon, England. He was with AFC Bournemouth Academy before going on to play college soccer at UNC Pembroke, where he ranks fifth in school history in goals and second in assists. He helped lead the Braves to their first-ever Peach Belt Conference Tournament final before earning a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education from Pembroke. Little, who earned a coaching A license, went on to play for the Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL and served as the assistant coach for his alma mater. Little then went to serve as the head coach at Cumberland College for three seasons before returning to North Carolina as the state’s Director of Coaching and Player Development for the NC Youth Soccer Association.

Little and his wife, Kara, a former UNCP volleyball player, have two children, Lennon and Ewan.

 

Assistant Coach - Wade Webber

Wade Webber is in his second season as Tacoma Defiance Assistant Coach. The former Sounder brings a decade of professional playing experience, including 53 MLS appearances for Dallas and Miami from 1997-1999. Since retiring from playing in 1999, Webber has coached youth soccer extensively throughout Western Washington, including the last three seasons with the Sounders FC Academy and the previous seven as Director of Coaching for Washington Premier FC. Webber has a USSF A License and a Master’s Degree in Teaching from Seattle University. He has also served as a radio analyst for Sounders FC broadcasts since 2012.

Assistant Coach - Josh Ford

Athletic Trainer - Sheila Tatsunami

Performance Coach - Brandon Moran

Forwards (5)

Alec Diaz - #32

Full Name: Alec Diaz

Age: 17 (12/07/2001)

HT: 5′ 9″  |  WT: 154

Hometown: Issaquah, Washington

Justin Dhillon - #99

Name: Justin Dhillon

Born: 23 (6/6/1995)

HT: 6-3 | WT: 185

Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Azriel Gonzalez - #38

Full Name: Azriel Gonzalez

Age: 18 (5/24/2001)

HT: 5′ 9″  |  WT: 145

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

Shandon Hopeau - #37

Full Name: Shandon Hopeau

Age: 20 (12/01/1998)

HT: 5′ 10″  |  WT: 158

Hometown: Kapolei, Hawaii

Ray Serrano - #80

Full Name: Ray Serrano

Age: 17 (5/9/2002)

HT: 5′ 7″  |  WT: 125

Hometown: Moses Lake, Washington

Midfielders (7)

Josh Atencio - #84

Full Name: Josh Atencio

Age: 17 (1/31/2002)

HT: 6‘ 1″  |  WT: 174

Hometown: Bellevue, Washington

Antonee Burke-Gilroy - #98

Full Name: Antonee Burke-Gilroy

Age: 21 (10/03/1997)

HT: 5′ 10″  |  WT: 150

Hometown: Denmark Hill, United Kingdom

Jesse Daley - #89

Full Name: Jesse Daley

Age: 21 (10/16/1997)

HT: 5′ 10″  |  WT: 154

Hometown: Brisbane, Australia

Ben Numbi - #78

Full Name: Ben Numbi

Age: 19 (3/22/2000)

HT: 5′ 10″  |  WT: 160

Hometown: DR Congo

Danny Robles - #34

Full Name: Danny Robles

Age: 17 (01/04/2002)

HT: 5′ 5″  |  WT: 154

Hometown: Burien, Washington

Joel Rydstrand - #72

Full Name: Joel Rydstrand

Age: 23 (8/10/1995)

HT: 5-9 | WT: 155

Hometown: Almunge, Sweden

Marlon Vargas - #39

Full Name: Marlon Vargas

Age: 18 (1/12/2001)

HT: 5′ 4″  |  WT: 135

Hometown: Bakersfield, California

Defenders (7)

Aleks Berkolds - #71

Full Name: Aleks Berkolds

Position: Defender

Age: 23 (4/27/1996)

HT: 6-1 | WT: 185

Hometown: Northridge, California

Nick Hinds - #31

Full Name: Nick Hinds

Age: 21 (10/15/1997)

HT: 5‘ 8″  |  WT: 137

Birthplace: Plantation, Florida

Matt Nance - #88

Full Name: Matt Nance

Age: 22 (11/4/1996

HT: 5-8 | WT: 152

Hometown: Washington, Michigan

Modou Ndow - #73

Full Name: Modou Ndow

Age: 19 (2/10/2000)

HT: 6‘ 4″  |  WT: 175

Hometown: Gambia

Sam Rogers - #33

Full Name: Sam Rogers

Age: 20 (5/17/1999)

HT: 6‘ 3″  |  WT: 182

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Everardo Rubio

Full Name:Everardo Rubio

Age: 22 (12/24/1996)

HT: 6‘ 0″  |  WT: 172

Hometown: Culiacán, Mexico

Denso Ulysse - #36

Full Name: Denso Ulysse

Age: 20 (11/20/1998)

HT: 5‘ 8″  |  WT: 133

Hometown: Gonaives, Haiti