HOW ACQUIRED: Traded from Miami on August 14, 2020.
Signed as a Homegrown center back, Lillard showed flashes of his capabilities in his rookie season, starting six games, including five in a row early in the year, in his eight appearances. After a down sophomore season, Lillard will hope to jumpstart his career in Columbus.
COLLEGE: In four years at IU, Lillard 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 center back 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.