Winnetka’s Chris Ritter showing promise in rookie season with Chicago Fire

Winnetka native Chris Ritter (with ball) has earned praise from Chicago Fire assistant coach C.J. Brown and a roster spot thanks to his hard work in practice. | Brian Kersey/Getty Images

In the opening months of his professional soccer career, Chris Ritter put his head down and got to work.

The Chicago Fire’s first-year holding midfielder didn’t begin the season on the squad’s 18-man roster, but he did the right things — switching the field effectively in practice and doing exercises like 100-yard sprints after practice to keep his conditioning up — and started earning a spot in the squad’s gameday roster in April.

Ritter didn’t see any first-team action in April or May. But then, a day and a half before the Fire hosted the Los Angeles Galaxy on June 1, the Winnetka native received some unexpected news: He was going to start against the Galaxy.

“It was really something I’ll never forget,” said Ritter, who helped New Trier win boys soccer state titles in 2006 and 2008. “I just found myself in that line, going out for a World Cup walkout, standing next to Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane — guys I’ve seen on TV for years. It was a really cool experience.”

[Read the full story on High School Cube News]

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