Former Cal State Standout Heads to Harrisburg After 2 Seasons with LA Galaxy II
Harrisburg, PA (February 23, 2017) – The Harrisburg City Islanders have announced the signing of former LA Galaxy II center back Lee Nishanian pending League and Federation approval. Nishanian joins the Harrisburg club after spending the last two seasons with Los Angeles, including their run to the United Soccer League (USL) Championship game in 2015. Prior to making his USL debut in 2014, Nishanian spent one season with the Thunder Bay Chill of the USL Preimeire Development League and played all four years of his college career at California State.
Nishanian was a consistent competitor on defense during his 2016 campaign with the LA Galaxy II. During that season, he played in 26 of 30 matches and amassed 2,159 minutes of action, ranking 2nd on his team. The center back rounded out his 2016 stat line with 1 goal and 1 assist, amounting to 3 points on 8 shots with 4 shots on goal.
Nishanian is eager to see how he can contribute to the clubs’ success in 2017.
“I’m excited to join the Harrisburg City Islanders. I know the team’s looking to get back to the playoffs in 2017 and I’m looking to contribute in any way that I can. Signing with the team was an easy decision. I feel really comfortable here and I am excited to get started and see if we can do something special here.”
Harrisburg’s Head Coach Bill Becher is also eager to see what Nishanian’s impact will be this season.
“Lee is a guy who played a big role in LA Galaxy II’s run to the championship in 2015. Everything we’ve seen and heard about him is positive and we look forward to him making an impact with our team.”
Lee Nishanian is the first new signee to the Harrisburg City Islanders in 2017. He joins returners James Thomas and Shawn McLaws on defense.
Birthplace: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
The current Harrisburg City Islanders 2017 roster is as follows:
Paul Wilson (Midfield)
Mouhamed Dabo (Midfield)
Danny DiPrima (Midfield)
Cardel Benbow (Forward)
Shawn McLaws (Defense)
Jamie Thomas (Defense)
Aaron Wheeler (Forward)
Lee Nishanian (Defense)