HOW ACQUIRED: Signed as a Homegrown Player on Jan. 10, 2018 to a one-year contract with options for 2019 and 2020.
Lillard joins the Fire as a Homegrown center back after a dominating career in college with Indiana. The 22-year-old has obvious qualities that could make him an immediate starter with the Fire and eventually develop into a top player at his position in MLS.
COLLEGE: In four years at IU, the 22-year-old started all 86 games in which he appeared, and scored 14 goals and tallied 9 assists. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Lillard was additionally named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2014 and First-Team All-Big Ten in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, Lillard started all 25 games at centerback and earned numerous accolades as IU led the nation with 18 shutouts and allowed just seven goals. A MAC Hermann Trophy finalist, Lillard was a unanimous pick as both Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Big Ten. The Hinsdale, Ill. native was additionally named First-Team All-American by the United Soccer Coaches.