Central midfielder Remi Walter has amassed nearly 200 professional appearances since 2012, spanning seven full seasons in his native France and one season in Turkey. The left-footed central midfielder, who has represented France at the U-17 through U-21 levels, boasts experience in several prestigious European competitions, including the UEFA Europa League, UEFA Champions League qualifying, French Ligue 1—where he has scored three goals in 74 matches—and the Turkish Super Lig.
Signing with Sporting Kansas City ahead of the 2021 season, Walter enjoyed a breakout first season, earning club Newcomer of the Year honors. He followed his first season up with a successful second year in Kansas City, setting a new career high in goals while being the only player at the club to start all 36 regular season matches.
2022: Was the only Sporting KC player to start every regular season match, leading the club in minutes played. MLS Regular Season: Started 34 appearances, scoring three times and assisting three goals (2975 minutes played). His first goal of the season was a match-winner against the Houston Dynamo on March 5 in the club's home opener. Netted his second score against Nashville SC on April 9. Assisted Graham Zusi's match-winner against Nashville SC on June 19 in the club's first-ever match at GEODIS Park. Scored the match-winner against CF Montreal on the road on July 9. Picked up an assist on Willy Agada's second goal against Portland on Aug. 21 in a 4-1 win at home. Assisted on another match-winner, setting up Willy Agada's goal against the Seattle Sounders on Oct. 2 in the club's 2022 home finale. Open Cup: Started three of four appearances in the Open Cup, assisting one goal (331 minutes played). His corner kick that was headed home by Marinos Tzionis in second half stoppage time leveled the match against FC Dallas. It was the latest goal in regulation in club history and set the stage for an exhilarating extra time win that propelled Sporting into the Round of 16.
2021: In his first year as a member of Sporting Kansas City, he earned two Team of the Week honors and was named the club's Newcomer of the Year. MLS Regular Season: Started 23 of 28 appearances, scored one goal and grabbed one assist (1896 minutes played). Assisted the first goal in a 2-0 win over the Chicago Fire on Sept. 11, a fourth-minute score. Netted his first Sporting KC goal in a 2-1 win at the Seattle Sounders on Oct. 23 Earned Team of the Week honors for his performance against the Sounders. MLS Cup Playoffs: Started two matches (180 minutes played). Leagues Cup: Started Sporting's Leagues Cup match against Club Leon on Aug. 10 (46 minutes played).
Yeni Malatyaspor (2020):
Walter ended his tenure at Nice halfway through the 2019-20 season, transferring to Turkish first division outfit Yeni Malatyaspor in January of 2020. He played nine Super Lig matches for the club between March and July before leaving the club in the summer.
Midway through the 2015-16 campaign, Walter was transferred to French title contender Nice and helped the club to a fourth-place finish in the top division as well as qualification to the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League. The following season, he made 26 appearances—including four in the Europa League—as Nice took another step forward by placing third in Ligue 1 and booking a spot in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League.
A busy 2017-18 campaign saw Walter split time between Nice—where he notably competed in UEFA Champions League qualifiers and the UEFA Europa League—and fellow Ligue 1 club Troyes, where he spent the latter half of the season on loan. A strong loan spell at Troyes paved the way for Walter to return to Nice for 2018-19 under new manager and French soccer legend Patrick Vieira. Walter logged 22 appearances over the course of the season and scored two league goals, including the lone strike in a 1-0 victory over Champions League participant Lyon in February 2019. He also bagged his first professional brace in a dramatic 3-2 win over Auxerre in the third round of the 2018-19 French Coupe de la Ligue.
He became a regular starter in the early stages of the 2013-14 season and spent the next two and a half years as an integral midfield contributor for the side, scoring four goals in all competitions as Nancy narrowly missed out on promotion to the top-flight Ligue 1 in 2014 and 2015.
On the international stage, Walter was a French youth international who participated in a number of high-profile tournaments, namely the 2012 UEFA U-17 Championship in Slovenia and qualifying for the 2017 UEFA U-21 Championship in Poland. As a youth, he played alongside eventual 2018 FIFA World Cup winners Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Pavard and Corentin Tolisso as well as current Manchester City duo Aymeric Laporte and Benjamin Mendy and Manchester United forward Anthony Martial.
A native of Essey-Les-Nancy, Walter developed in Nancy’s youth academy before joining the French club’s first team as an 18-year-old in 2013.