The Oklahoma City Energy FC have signed former FC Dallas defender Anthony Wallace for the 2017 season, Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen stated today.
Wallace, 28, signed with Major League Soccer as a Generation Adidas player ahead of the 2007 SuperDraft. Drafted as the ninth overall pick by FC Dallas, the Brooklyn native would go on to make six appearances for Dallas’ reserves before earning his professional debut on September 15, 2007, against the New England Revolution.
The 28-year-old was later traded to the Colorado Rapids in 2010 in exchange for a 2011 MLS SuperDraft pick. The defender would go to play 23 matches with Colorado before joining NASL side Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2014. He then joined the New York Red Bulls in 2015, making six appearances before being loaned to the side’s reserve team in the USL.
Wallace left New York following the 2015 season and returned to the NASL with the Jacksonville Armada. After only one year, the left back left the club.
The defender has represented the United States both at the youth and international levels. Wallace has played for the U-17 and U-20 squads as well as making one appearance for the country’s senior team.
“It’s a great signing. He has a lot of experience at a high level,” said Nielsen. “He’s calm with the ball. When we heard he was available, we didn’t hesitate to pull the trigger to get him to Oklahoma City.”
"It was an easy choice in coming to the Energy FC once I found out they were interested. I've always been attracted to Oklahoma City's style of play after competing against them in 2015 with RBNY in a preseason match,” said Wallace. “I've also heard how great and supportive the fans are from former players and I'm grateful to be a part of the organization. I'm looking forward to working hard, getting to know my new teammates and staff, Oklahoma City itself and most importantly competing for a championship.”