Fire Sign Homegrown Player Chris Ritter Out of Northwestern

The Fire announced on Sunday that the club had signed midfielder Chris Ritter out of Northwestern University as a Homegrown Player.

The native of Winnetka, Illinois played youth soccer for FC United before joining the Fire Academy. ┬áRitter later played in the Fire system with the club’s Premier Development League affiliate as well as playing his college soccer with the Wildcats.

Ritter is a solid all-around player, capable of making contributions on both sides of the pitch, as he notched fourteen goals and thirteen assists in eighty-four games in his college career and in 2012 was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Ritter also earned honors as a freshman, being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team in 2009, and continued to earn recognition throughout his college career, twice being named to the First Team All-Big Ten Team and once to the Second Team All-Big Ten Team.

The signing makes Ritter the fourth Homegrown Player in club history, joining Victor Pineda, Kellen Gulley and the recently signed Harrison Shipp.

Jackson Scofield

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