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City Islanders Boost Defense with Nishanian

By Staff, 02/23/17, 12:54PM EST


Former Galaxy II center back helped side claim Western Conference in 2015

Photo courtesy Darren Abate / San Antonio FC

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Harrisburg City Islanders announced on Thursday the signing of former LA Galaxy II center back Lee Nishanian. The signing is pending league and federation approval. 

Nishanian joins the City Islanders after spending the past two seasons with Los Dos. The 25-year-old made 50 regular-season appearances for the Galaxy II over the past three seasons, and helped LA win the 2015 USL Western Conference Championship and earn a place in that season’s USL Cup Final. This past season he finished second on the Galaxy II with 2,159 minutes of action as the side reached the USL Cup Playoffs for a third consecutive season.

"I'm excited to join the Harrisburg City Islanders,” said Nishanian. “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."

Prior to joining the Galaxy II, Nishanian competed for the Premier Development League’s Thunder Bay Chill. Collegiately he played at Cal State San Bernadino, where he made 73 appearances over the course of his career, and earned NSCAA Division II All-West Region honors twice. Last year, Nishanian was featured as one of 30 former Coyotes athletes as the university celebrated the 30th anniversary of Coyote Athletics.

City Islanders Head Coach Bill Becher was pleased to add the 6-foot-2 veteran to his squad.

"Lee is a guy who played a big role in LA Galaxy II's run to the championship in 2015,” said Becher. “Everything we've seen and heard about him is positive and we look forward to him making an impact with our team."

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