Off the Wal

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Saint Louis FC are battling for a playoff position after returning to the Western Conference this season. Also joining them on the move from the Eastern Conference was midfielder Wal Fall, who spent the past two seasons with Rochester Rhinos. “I’m enjoying my time in Saint Louis a lot,” Fall says. “I hope we can have a little bit more success, but it will come at one point if we’re still working hard and believe in what we’re doing!”

Before arriving in the USL, Fall played professionally in his native Germany and also in Austria. He was disappointed, as one could imagine, with the national team’s performance at the World Cup. One of his family members has direct experience at the World Cup, actually playing for the United States national team.

Fall’s cousin is former USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones. Surprisingly, they don’t discuss their mutual profession often. “We don’t talk at all about football,” he states.

A great athlete standing 6’3”, Fall was not limited to only soccer in the sports world. If not the beautiful game, what sport would Wal have gone for? “Probably, I would choose Tennis because I like to play it a lot with my friends back home in Germany,” he answers.

Like a powerful serve in tennis, Fall possesses a dangerous dead ball ability in soccer. He’s a set piece specialist, recently burying a free kick to equalize in the 90th minute vs. Sacramento Republic FC.

Wal says his favorite free kick taker growing up was the Brazilian midfielder Juninho and that he also likes the technique of Marco Reus.

A quality two-way midfielder, working day and night, for Saint Louis FC, Wal Fall will be a big piece to the puzzle if they get into the playoffs.


Carson A Merk

Reporting live from Sin City, I have covered both RGVFC and Las Vegas Lights FC since their inceptions. I also write profiles to highlight players from the NCAA to USL to NWSL and everywhere in between.