Acquired: Signed as a Homegrown Player on January 13, 2014.
What Scouts Say:"I'm a big fan of his … Good two-way midfielder who consistently impacts games from deep positions … His biggest asset on the defensive side is he's a great ball-reader … Knows when to step in front, when to get in a passing lane, how to win the second ball, AND he'll have an 85% pass rate at the end of the game ... He keeps things simple, but he always seems to have time on the ball … He has good passing range, he's good on set pieces … He can play deep in midfield and make it in the league … Obviously playing in the middle at the next level is tough, so I could see him move to right back. I haven't assessed his pace, but he won every individual battle he went into … He's good in the air in addition to having good feet … Pace might be a concern at the next level, and he'll need to become a little more disciplined in his role, because Northwestern gave him a little more freedom to get forward."
College (Northwestern 2009-13): Completed Northwestern career as one of 10 finalists nationwide for the Senior CLASS Award, given to a top student-athlete from all sports … Second team all-Great Lakes region and first team all-Big Ten Conference selection as a senior in 2013 … Produced five goals and five assists in 19 games from central midfield as Northwestern reached the NCAA tournament … As a junior in 2012, named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and second team all-Great Lakes as Northwestern won its second consecutive Big Ten regular-season title … Started all 23 games and produced five goals and six assists, both second on the team … As a sophomore in 2011, was named second team all-Big Ten after producing four goals and two assists … Redshirted in 2010 after a leg injury two games into the season … Named to Big Ten all-freshman team in 2009 after appearing 20 games, starting the last 18.
Prep: Three-year letterwinner at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Ill. … Team won state titles in 2006 and 2008, and Ritter scored game-winning goal his senior year … First team all-state by the Chicago Tribune and three-time all-conference.
Club: Trained with the Chicago Fire Academy … Also played for Trevian Soccer Club/FC United.
Personal: Full name is Christopher Jay Ritter ... Son of Jay and Leslie Buntain Ritter ... Attending Northwestern was a family tradition: He had numerous relatives attend the school, going back to the late 1800s.