PITTSBURGH (January 15, 2020) – Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC has signed defender/midfielder Tony Walls to a one-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season, pending USSF and USL Championship approval.
Walls captained Bob Lilley’s 2015 Rochester Rhinos championship team, which lost just one game over the course of the entire season (17-1-10). He most recently suited up for Chattanooga Red Wolves SC of USL League One in 2019, playing 24 matches during his lone season for the club.
"Tony is a very versatile player who will bring quality experience and toughness to our roster,” Lilley said. “He’s a player that competes well and knows how to win."
Over the course of his three-season stint (2014-16) with the Rhinos, Walls played in 58 games and added six goals and three assists. During the Rhinos’ 2015 championship season, he was named All-League First Team as a midfielder. After his career in Rochester, Walls competed for Saint Louis FC for two seasons (2017-18) and helped the club to its first-ever playoff appearance in 2018.
During his career at the USL Championship level, Walls has totaled 98 appearances, eight goals and three assists.
The Wauwatosa, Wisconsin native was selected by the Chicago Fire in the third round (47th overall) of the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft after he completed his collegiate career at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He spent the entire 2012 season with the Fire, appearing in the club’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against the Michigan Bucks.
With the signing of Walls, Riverhounds SC has 10 players under contract for the 2020 season.
Roster breakdown for 2020 season:
Forwards (3): Steevan Dos Santos, Lukas Fernandes, Mark Forrest
Midfielders (4): Kenardo Forbes, Robbie Mertz, Dani Rovira, Anthony Velarde
Defenders (3): Ryan James, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Tony Walls