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Forward Madison adds defender Christian Dean


Forward Madison has signed former Vancouver Whitecaps and Chicago Fire defender Christian Dean, head coach Matt Glaeser announced at the teams town hall meeting Thursday.

The 29-year-old hails from Palo Alto, California and played in 55 matches for the University of California before being selected as the third overall pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Vancouver Whitecaps. He made five appearances for Chicago Fire in 2017 and 2018 before announcing his retirement from professional soccer.

He returned to the game in 2021 with Charlotte Independence in the USL Championship and in 2022 has made seven appearances for NISA club Bay City.

Dean, a 6’3″ center back, will add some size and experience to a backline that’s been staunch all season but has been prone to the occasional lapse.

Forward Madison host league leaders Greenville on Saturday.