Grant Lillard

Grant Lillard (born December 5, 1995) is an American professional soccer player who plays as a defender for Inter Miami in MLS.

Grant Lillard
Personal information
Full name Grant Lillard[1]
Date of birth (1995-12-05) December 5, 1995
Place of birth Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Inter Miami
Youth career
2012–2014 Chicago Fire
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014–2017 Indiana Hoosiers 86 (14)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2018–2019 Chicago Fire 12 (0)
2019Lansing Ignite (loan) 4 (0)
2020– Inter Miami 0 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 7, 2019

Early life


Lillard grew up in Hinsdale, Illinois, playing soccer for the Chicago Fire Academy (U16 and U18). While living in Arizona, he played soccer for the Scottsdale Soccer Club 96 Blackhawks, winning Arizona State Championships in 2009, 2010, and 2011. One of his close childhood friends is Ryan Scales. Scales was one of the all-time leading scorers for the Hinsdale Central High School Mens Basketball program.[2]


Lillard attended Indiana University, where he played college soccer as a center back for the Hoosiers from 2014–2017, tallying a total of 14 goals and 9 assists in 86 appearances. During his time at Indiana, Lillard was a three-time First-Team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, and a First-Team All-American.[3]

Professional career

Chicago Fire

On January 10, 2018, Lillard signed a one year contract with Chicago Fire as a Homegrown Player, with options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.[4]

Lillard made his professional debut on April 7, 2018 as a 64th minute substitution in a 1–0 win over the Columbus Crew SC.[5] He made his first professional start on April 14, 2018 in a 1–0 loss to the LA Galaxy.

On November 14, 2019, Lillard was traded to Inter Miami in exchange for $75,000 in General Allocation Money.[6]


  1. "Grant Lillard MLS Bio".
  2. "Grant Lillard".
  3. "Grant Lillard".
  4. "Chicago Fire sign Indiana University star Grant Lillard to Homegrown deal". November 15, 2017. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  5. Phil West Apr 8, 2018 (April 8, 2018). "Recap: Chicago Fire vs. Columbus Crew SC 04/08/2018 | Matchcenter". Retrieved June 4, 2019.

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