Fire Sign Defender Tony Walls

Men in Red add MLS Supplemental Draft selection to 2012 roster

CHICAGO, IL  – The Chicago Fire Soccer Club announced Thursday that it has signed 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft pick and Chicago Fire Premier alumnus Tony Walls. Per league and team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Tony is a good addition that adds depth on the outside for us,” said Fire head coach Frank Klopas. “We knew the qualities he possessed after seeing him with our PDL team and he’s done an excellent job throughout preseason to come in, convert from midfield to defense and earn a roster spot in the process.”

A product of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Walls was selected in the third round (47th overall) of January’s MLS Supplemental Draft. Playing for the Phoenix from 2008-11, Walls made 75 appearances, tallying 18 goals and 11 assists and was named Horizon League Player of the Year during his senior season.

Hailing from Wauwatosa, Wisc., Walls joins defender Austin Berry as the second 2010  Chicago Fire Premier alumnus to join the first team this season. While with the Fire PDL squad, Walls appeared in 12 matches tallying a goal and assist.

The Fire host Opening Night at Toyota Park against the Philadelphia Union on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 PM CT. Chicago Fire Season Tickets are available by calling 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473), via Ticketmaster or by heading to the club’s official website at Chicago-Fire.com.

Name: Tony Walls
Position: Defender
Height: 5’11” (1.75 m)
Weight: 185 lbs (77 kg)
Date of Birth: January 16, 1990
Place of Birth: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Hometown: Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Citizenship: United States
Last Club: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (NCAA)
Acquired: Signed on March 15, 2012
Twitter: @TWalls20