Fire sign ex-Northwestern midfielder Chris Ritter

Fire sign ex-Northwestern midfielder Chris Ritter
January 13, 2014, 2:30 pm
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CSN Staff

The Fire are bringing in more talent from right in their own backyard.

Monday, the team announced the signing of Northwestern alum and Winnetka native Chris Ritter.

Ritter, a midfielder, earned several Big Ten honors while playing for the Wildcats, including a spot on the All-Big Ten First Team in two separate seasons and the title of 2012 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. In 84 regular-season games with the Wildcats, he racked up 14 goals and 13 assists. Ritter was a member of a pair of conference-champion Northwestern teams in 2011 and 2012.

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“Embodying what Chicago loves about its athletes, Chris is a tough, hard-working and skillful player,” Fire head coach Frank Yallop said in a statement. “Kudos to our player development system for producing players like Chris that can smoothly transition to the first team.”

Ritter joins Victor Pineda, Kellen Gulley and Harrison Shipp as what the Fire dub "Homegrown Players."