Energy FC signed defender Anthony Wallace for the 2017 season, Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen announced today.
Wallace played last season with the Jacksonville Armada (NASL) where he appeared in 17 games and played 1,282 minutes. Prior to his stint with Jacksonville in 2016, he split time during the 2015 season with New York Red Bulls and New York Red Bulls II. In six games with the first team, he scored two goals while in six games with the Red Bulls II, he scored one. During the 2014 season, he appeared in 25 games with the Tampa Bay Rowdies and scored one goal.
Much of Wallace’s experience has been at the MLS level. Originally drafted by FC Dallas in the 2007 MLS Superdraft, he’s appeared in 44 MLS games over the span of eight seasons. He appeared in 23 games with the Colorado Rapids and was a member of the 2010 MLS Champion squad.
Prior to his selection by Dallas in the MLS Superdraft, Wallace was a prominent member of the U.S. National U-17, U-18 and U-20 teams. From 2004-09, he appeared in 43 matches for the teams, including the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. While with the U-17 team, he played alongside current Energy FC midfielder Alex Dixon. Wallace earned one cap with the senior team in 2011.
“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.”
Energy FC wrap up their preseason schedule this Saturday at noon against University of Nebraska-Omaha at noon John Crain Field on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. Admission to the match is free with a suggested donation of cleats, shin guards or soccer equipment to Cleats 4 Kids.