ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis FC ended its 2017 with another major addition for the new year as it announced the signing of former Rochester Rhinos midfielder Wal Fall on Sunday night. The signing is pending league and federation approval.
“I’m excited to join Saint Louis FC,” said Fall. “I’m looking forward to the new chapter in St. Louis with my new teammates and the new coaching staff. I’m also happy to play in front of the amazing supporters.”
Fall had been a standout over the past two years for the Rochester Rhinos, helping the side reached the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the USL Cup Playoffs in both seasons. Fall scored 13 goals in 56 appearances for the Rhinos, while this past season he also notched two assists and 31 key passes for the side as it finished fourth in the Eastern Conference standings.
“Wal is a huge signing for us,” said STLFC Head Coach Anthony Pulis. “One of our main objectives this off season was to build a solid spine to our team and Wal certainly helps us do that. He is a big physical presence in the center of midfield but also has excellent technical ability and a great range of passing. He has a very high ceiling and I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
The younger cousin of former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones, the 25-year-old Fall was born in Frankfurt, Germany and developed in the SV Wehen Wiesbaden system. He joined FC Nurnberg II at the start of the 2011-2012 season and made 27 appearances and scored three goals. Fall then moved to SV Waldhof Mannheim where he made 19 appearances and scored one goal during the 2012-2013 season.
He joined SC Austria Lustenau and made 40 appearances and scored three goals over the 2013-2015 seasons before making the move to Rochester at the start of the 2016 season.