CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Chattanooga Red Wolves SC announced on Tuesday it had signed former USL Cup champion Tony Walls for its inaugural season in USL League One, pending league and federation approval.
“Tony is a tough and technical defender,” said Red Wolves SC Head Coach and Technical Director Tim Hankinson. “He has made appearances in big-time USL Championship matches and brings veteran experience to our defense and to our roster.”
In 2012, Walls’ professional career began with him being selected at the 46th pick overall to Chicago Fire in the 2012 Supplemental MLS draft. He started in all 16 matches for the reserve team that season. In 2014, he signed with USL Championship’s Rochester Rhinos and was named the club’s defensive MVP, leading the team in minutes.
Walls captained the Rhinos in 2015 and led his team to both the regular season title and USL Cup – the second team in league history to do so. Losing only one match over the course of the regular season and USL Cup Playoffs, Walls started every contest but one and posted four goals and two assists, garnering USL All-League First Team honors. During his last season with Rochester in 2016, Walls tallied one goal and one assist.
More recently, Walls competed for the Championship’s Saint Louis FC over the 2017 and 2018 seasons. During his time with Saint Louis, he appeared in 41 matches, totaling 3,207 minutes played, and posted two goals. Additionally, he led his team in passes and pass completion with 82.2 percent in 2017. In 2018, he played a role in helping team to the USL Cup Playoffs for the first time in club history.
“I am excited to be a part of the new beginning of professional soccer in Chattanooga,” said Walls. “Many people, including my family in Nashville, have told me great things about Chattanooga. I’m impressed by the quality and professionalism of the club, the fan base and soccer culture in the city. I’m excited to get to Tennessee and get to work, and ultimately bring a championship to Chattanooga.”