Tacoma Defiance currently has 16 players under contract for 2020. The club enters its third season in Tacoma in 2020 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

Forwards (5)

Alec Diaz - #32

Full Name: Alec Diaz

Age: 18 (12/07/2001)

HT: 5′ 9″  |  WT: 154

Hometown: Issaquah, Washington

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Azriel Gonzalez - #38

Full Name: Azriel Gonzalez

Age: 18 (5/24/2001)

HT: 5′ 9″  |  WT: 145

Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada

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Shandon Hopeau - #37

Full Name: Shandon Hopeau

Age: 21 (12/01/1998)

HT: 5′ 10″  |  WT: 158

Hometown: Kapolei, Hawaii

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Ray Serrano - #80

Full Name: Ray Serrano

Age: 18 (5/9/2002)

HT: 5′ 7″  |  WT: 125

Hometown: Moses Lake, Washington

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Marlon Vargas - #39

Full Name: Marlon Vargas

Age: 19 (1/12/2001)

HT: 5′ 4″  |  WT: 135

Hometown: Bakersfield, California

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Midfielders (5)

Josh Atencio - #84

Full Name: Josh Atencio

Age: 18 (1/31/2002)

HT: 6‘ 1″  |  WT: 174

Hometown: Bellevue, Washington

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Jesse Daley - #89

Full Name: Jesse Daley

Age: 22 (10/16/1997)

HT: 5′ 10″  |  WT: 154

Hometown: Brisbane, Australia

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Collin Fernandez - #97

Full Name: Collin Fernandez

Age: 23 (2/13/1997)

HT: 5′ 8″  |  WT: 150

Hometown: Downers Grove, Illinois

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Chino Pérez - #90

Full Name: Chino Pérez

Age: 22 (10/1/1997)

HT: 5′ 10″  |  WT: 145

Hometown: Waukegan, Illinois

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Danny Robles - #34

Full Name: Danny Robles

Age: 18 (01/04/2002)

HT: 5′ 5″  |  WT: 154

Hometown: Burien, Washington

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Defenders (6)

Antonee Burke - #98

Full Name: Antonee Burke

Age: 22 (10/03/1997)

HT: 5′ 10″  |  WT: 150

Hometown: Denmark Hill, United Kingdom

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Abdoulaye Cissoko - #92

Full Name: Abdoulaye Cissoko

Age: 20 (12/27/1999)

HT: 6-3 | WT: 163

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Nick Hinds - #31

Full Name: Nick Hinds

Age: 22 (10/15/1997)

HT: 5‘ 8″  |  WT: 137

Birthplace: Plantation, Florida

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Taylor Mueller - #74

Full Name: Taylor Mueller

Age: 31 (9/20/1988)

HT: 6‘ 1″  |  WT: 194

Birthplace: Kirkland, Washington

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Danny Reynolds - #51

Full Name: Danny Reynolds

Age: 22 (6/27/1997)

HT: 6‘ 1″  |  WT: 183

Hometown: Shilton, England

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Sam Rogers - #33

Full Name: Sam Rogers

Age: 21 (5/17/1999)

HT: 6‘ 3″  |  WT: 182

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

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