Player Details


Dillon Serna


5' 7"


139 lbs

Date of Birth

3.30.1994 (28)


Denver, CO USA



Position Detail


Preferred Side


Player Category

2022 MLS Regular Season
2022 MLS Regular Season
Career Summary

Hometown: Thornton, Colorado
College: University of Akron
Citizenship: USA
Birth date: March 25, 1994
Acquired: Signed by the Rapids as a homegrown player, January 14, 2013.



  • Made 2019 debut on 3/2 at DSGP during the infamous Snow Clasico 3 against the Portland Timbers.
  • Was named Man of the Match after earning an assist on Kei Kamara's goal against the Portland Timbers on 3/2.
  • Made his 50th career start for the Rapids on 3/9 at CenturyLink Field against Seattle Sounders FC. 
  • Became the first Rapids Homegrown player to make 100 regular season appearances on 4/27 against Atlanta United FC.


  • Serna appeared in 20 MLS games, 10 from the start, scoring one goal.
  • Made his 2018 debut on the hour mark of the 3-0 home win over Philadelphia Union (3/31), replacing the injured Marlon Hairston.
  • Scored the equalizer against Real Salt Lake in the 88th minute to keep the Rapids Rocky Mountain Cup hopes alive (7/21).
  • Was named Man of the Match after his performance against Atlanta United FC on 9/15.
  • Missed the final game of the season due to a broken foot.


  • Made his MLS return in the season opener against New England Revolution (3/4), playing the last 11 minutes as a substitute for Dillon Powers.
  • Played 31 minutes at Red Bull Arena in Week 2 (3/11), replacing Caleb Calvert.
  • Off the bench again in game three (3/18), in place of Shkëlzen Gashi.
  • Missed the first three games of April due to a calf injury, but returned as a substitute in the 2-0 loss at Orlando City SC (4/29).
  • Made his first start in over a year when he took to the field against the LA Galaxy (6/21). He scored in the game to make it 1-1, in an eventual 3-1 loss.
  • He started four games in a row leading into the CONCACAF Gold Cup break, which was one more start than he made in his injury-hit 2016.
  • During this run in the side he also recorded an assist in the 3-1 win over Houston Dynamo (7/1). This was his first assist in MLS since August 26, 2015, and a 2-1 win over the Dynamo.
  • His best run in the side came during June and July, when he started six games in a row, after which he started only three of the last 14.
  • Only once in his previous four seasons (2014) had Serna played more games, made more starts and registered more minutes than he did in 2017.


  • Managed only nine appearances (three starts) in 2016 in the league, before his season was ended during a Lamar Hunt US Open Cup game at FC Dallas on June 29. He sustained a torn ACL and torn lateral meniscus in his right knee.
  • His last MLS appearance of 2016 was as an 85th minute substitute in the 2-1 home win over Chicago Fire on June 18.
  • Although six of his nine appearances were as a sub, it was from the bench that Serna bagged his only goal of 2016; the game-winner in a hard-fought 1-0 home victory over Sporting Kansas City on May 11.


  • Homegrown player Dillon Serna scored one of the goals of the season, in the 4-0 win at FC Dallas (4/10), but his time on the field was limited to just eight starts and 15 appearances, compared to 18 starts and 27 appearances in 2014.
  • He was joint-third top scorer, with Dillon Powers, netting three goals and also chipping in with one assist, in a year which saw him spend time with the USA’s senior side at their January training camp, feature for the U23s on Olympic qualifying and make a second successive appearance - this time on home soil - in the Chipotle Homegrown Game.


  • Established himself as a sometimes starter for the Rapids (18 starts), while setting a personal record of 27 appearances in just his second year with the team.
  • Scored three goals and contributed four assists.
  • Converted one of the top goals in 2014 when volleying beyond Bill Hamid at D.C. United on August 17. His goal was listed in SportsCenter’s Top 10 that evening and also voted Week 23 AT&T Goal of the week.
  • Created club history in scoring his first professional goal in the loss at Seattle on April 26, 2014, as it was the first scored by a Rapids Homegrown Player.


  • Made his first MLS appearance against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the last game of the season October 27, coming on as a 77th minute substitute.
  • Appeared in 13 Reserve League matches (starting nine), scoring three goals.


  • Trained with the full US national team in January of 2015, along with teammate Shane O’Neill.
  • A member of the USA’s 2011 U-17 World Cup squad that competed in Mexico, after having competed in the 2011 U-17 CONCACAF tournament.
  • In July 2012, he joined the US U-20 national team for the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland, playing in all three games.
  • Was called up to the January U-20 training camp in 2012 and added to the roster for the CONCACAF U-20 Championship where he played in three matches.
  • Part of the team that qualified for the 2013 U-20 World Cup, but was named an alternate on the roster.


  • Played his freshman season at University of Akron, adding two goals and eight assists in all 22 matches (starting 21).
  • Named to several All-Freshman collegiate all-star teams, named Mid-American Conference co-newcomer of the year and ranked the No. 2 freshman player in the nation according to Top Drawer Soccer.


  • Joined the Rapids youth system in 2009, playing on the Rapids U-16 and U-18 Development Academy teams. Led the U-18 team in the 2011-12 season with 12 goals as the team finished sixth in the country out of 78 total teams Development Academy competition.
  • Played in seven of the team’s 10 official Reserve League matches, starting three games.
  • Ranked 11th-best recruit in the country and the top prospect of the Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions by Top Drawer Soccer before being recruited by University of Akron.