The transient nature of minor league soccer leaves much to be desired when it comes to longevity, but FC Buffalo and head coach Brendan Murphy are proud to recognize the efforts of a player who has defied those traditional notions with color and class.
Chris Walter (BIO PAGE) played in his 33rd match for the Wolves on Thursday against Erie, moving him past longtime teammate Andy Tiedt for the most appearances in FC Buffalo history.
“It has been a long journey with the club,” Walter said on Saturday. “We’ve had our ups and downs, our wins and losses, but through it all I have enjoyed myself the entire time watching this team grow.
“I have played with some of the finest players Buffalo has to offer and that is what it’s all about for me. The team, the owners and the fans are what I play for each and every game, so I would like to thank everyone for bringing soccer to life for the City of Buffalo. For our city.”
The 21-year-old midfielder, who went to the Nichols School before embarking on a career at Hartwick College, has earned the respect and love of fans, teammates and coaches.
“We want players to play with passion and work their socks off,” said FCB assistant coach Bob Roach. “Walter does that and also plays for the badge. He never takes a minute or a game off.”
FCB co-owner Scott Frauenhofer agreed.
“Chris is the type of guy you wish you could clone and put 11 of him on the field at the same time,” Frauenhofer said. “Never stops running, big time tackler, heady player… we’ve been lucky to have him.”
Walter has scored twice and his four assists are tied for third all-time in club history with Mike Reidy and Ian Mort. He enters his senior season for the Hawks this fall, but still has a game or two to add to his total as all-time FCB leader. The Wolves play at home:
Sunday July 6 at 2pm — Fort Pitt Regiment
Wednesday July 9 at 5pm — Detroit City FC
Sunday July 13 at 730pm — Michigan Stars