Tacoma Defiance today announced that it has signed forward Justin Dhillon. The 23-year-old has appeared in 39 career USL games and has recorded nine goals and two assists. The signing brings the Defiance roster to 20 players for 2019.
“Justin will bring some additional experience to our young forward group,” said Sounders FC Director of Player Development Marc Nicholls. “He is a proven USL player that can produce for us while providing some guidance for our younger players.”
Dhillon appeared in 18 games for LA Galaxy II in 2018, including seven starts, and netted three goals while recording 17 total shots and 10 shots on target. He started 13 of his 21 contests for LA Galaxy II in 2017, his first professional season, scoring six goals and adding two assists while firing 32 shots, including 16 on goal.
Prior to joining LA Galaxy II, Dhillon appeared in 73 games in four seasons at Cal Poly University and recorded 15 goals and 12 assists. As a senior in 2016, he started all 17 games for the Mustangs and posted seven goals and two assists.
Tacoma Defiance returns to action on Saturday, March 16 vs. LA Galaxy II (7:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+) at Cheney Stadium. The club then travels to Tulsa on Saturday, March 23 to take on Roughnecks FC in its first road match of the season (1:00 p.m. PT / ESPN+).
Transaction: Tacoma Defiance signs forward Justin Dhillon on March 15, 2019.
Name: Justin Dhillon
Born: June 6, 1995 in Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Hometown: Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Citizenship: United States
College: Cal Poly
The Defiance current roster is listed below by positional breakdown.
CURRENT TACOMA DEFIANCE ROSTER
Defenders (6): Aleks Berkolds, Nick Hinds, Matt Nance, Modou Ndow, Sam Rogers, Denso Ulysse
Midfielders (8): Josh Atencio, Antonee Burke-Gilroy, Jesse Daley, Danny Leyva, Ben Numbi, Danny Robles, Joel Rydstrand, Marlon Vargas
Forwards (6): Justin Dhillon, Alec Diaz, Azriel Gonzalez, Shandon Hopeau, Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez, Ray Serrano