Player Details


Tyson Wahl




6' 2"


185 lbs

Date of Birth

2.23.1984 (40)


Newport Beach, CA USA


Career Summary



2016 (Columbus): Wahl made 13 appearances (11 starts) this season, with 12 appearances coming at centerback and one at leftback. He made his first appearance of the year by coming on as a substitute at Montreal (April 9). He notched his first start in Crew SC's next match, vs. New York City FC (April 16), helping the club earn a win. Wahl started again against Houston (April 23) in a shutout victory. He continued his run in the starting lineup at Seattle (April 30) and vs. Montreal (May 7). The defender started and helped Crew SC earn a shutout against Montreal (June 18). He continued in the starting lineup against the Red Bulls (June 25) and at Sporting Kansas City (July 3). Wahl announced on September 27 his retirement at the conclusion of the 2016 MLS season. He made one appearance in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, starting at centerback in the Round of 16 match at Chicago (June 28).

2015 (Columbus): Wahl made 18 appearances (14 starts) at centerback for Crew SC with two assists in 2015. He made his first appearance with a start at centerback at Vancouver (April 8). He started the club’s international friendly vs. Valencia CF (May 27) and made his second League start of the season at Orlando (May 30). He started his fourth match of the season (his 50th all-time appearance for Crew SC) at Chicago (July 15), helping the club keep a clean sheet. Wahl made his 50th regular-season start for Crew SC at Yankee Stadium against NYCFC (August 29). He earned his second assist of the year in a win at D.C. United (September 19). In the Audi 2015 MLS Cup Playoffs, Wahl made three appearances (one start) for Columbus, starting the First Leg of the Eastern Conference Championship against the Red Bulls (November 22), a clean sheet win for Crew SC. He made two appearances (both starts) in Crew SC’s 2015 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup campaign, starting in Crew SC’s Fourth Round contest at Richmond (June 17), helping the club earn a 3-1 victory. He again started the Round of 16 contest at Orlando (June 30).

2014 (Columbus): Wahl made 18 appearances -- including 15 starts -- on the backline. He was a 90th-minute substitute at leftback in Columbus’ season opener against D.C. United (March 8). Wahl made his first start of the season and lined-up at centerback in the match at Portland (May 17). He made a second consecutive start and earned his 100th career start in the shutout victory over Chicago (May 24). He made his Columbus postseason debut -- and his third all-time MLS Cup Playoffs appearance -- in the Black & Gold’s loss to New England (November 1). He started and played 45 minutes in the second leg at New England (November 9). Wahl made one Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup appearance, a start at centerback in the Fifth Round match against the Chicago Fire (June 25). 

2013 (Columbus): Wahl made 25 appearances, including 19 starts at leftback and six starts at centerback and recorded one assist in his first season with the Black & Gold. He made his Columbus debut in the start at Chivas USA (March 2) and recorded his first assist in a Black & Gold jersey on Josh Williams’ goal at D.C. (March 23). Wahl made a substitute appearance in the international friendly against Wigan Athletic (July 13) and made his first start of the season in the centerback role at Montreal (September 14) and started there the final six matches of 2013. He made two starts at leftback in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup: against Dayton Dutch Lions (May 29) and in the 2-1 loss in the Fourth Round at Chicago (June 13). He also made four starts at centerback and scored one goal in MLS Reserve League action, including the game-winner against Dayton (July 10).

2012 (Impact, Rapids): During the Montreal Impact's inaugural season, Wahl made 11 starts before the Colorado Rapids acquired the defender on July 13. The leftback started all four matches he appeared in for the Rapids, contributing one assist.

2011 (Seattle Sounders FC): Wahl started 22 of the 23 games he appeared in for Sounders FC during 2011, playing a total of 1,989 on the season. The veteran defender scored his first career MLS goal on a curling free-kick on June 26 in a win over New England, which was named Goal of the Week. Wahl also added two assists during the 2011 MLS season, helping the club win its third straight Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The defender was acquired by the Montreal Impact in a trade on November 23 for allocation money.

2010 (Seattle Sounders FC): Wahl played in four regular season games during 2010, including two starts, to total 241 minutes with Seattle.  The leftback recorded his first career MLS assist against the Chicago Fire in August. In total, Wahl started eight of 11 games in all competitions, playing 856 minutes on his way to his second Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with Sounders FC.

2009 (Seattle Sounders FC): The defender started nine of 12 appearances with the expansion Seattle Sounders FC.  Wahl appeared in all six Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup matches, starting five, including the Final at D.C. United, to help the club to its first championship.

2008 (Kansas City): Partnering with team captain Jimmy Conrad in central defense, Wahl started the first nine games of the year, the final seven regular season games and both of Kansas City's MLS Cup Playoff games. Following the Wizards' postseason exit, Wahl was selected by Seattle Sounders FC in the 2008 MLS Expansion Draft. 

2007 (Kansas City): In his second season with the Wizards, Wahl played in six matches, starting four.

2006 (Kansas City): Selected in the second round, 19th overall, by Kansas City in the MLS SuperDraft, Wahl played in 10 games, including six starts for the Wizards. The defender made his professional debut in extra time at Houston (April 8).


Wahl was involved with the U.S. U-20 and U-17 residency programs, playing in the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 2001.


An All-American defender at the University of California, Wahl started every game from 2002 to 2005. During his senior season in 2005, Wahl anchored the Golden Bears defense to a 15-4-2 record and into the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament to finish the season with five goals and one assist.  As a junior, Wahl was named to the All-Pac-10 second team and Pac-10 All-Academic second-team.


Wahl won the U-18 club state championship with the Irvine Strikers and earned All-CIF recognition three times. While in college, Wahl was a feature for Orange County Blue Star in the USL Premier Development League, scoring one goal in 21 games over two seasons with the Club


Wahl was signed by Columbus on January 3, 2013.


Wahl is the son of Larry and Kim Wahl. He has three siblings— Chris, Ashlee and Jarrett. He is married to his wife, Alli.  His biggest role models are his dad and his brother. When he’s not playing soccer, Wahl enjoys spending time with his wife and spoiling his dog, Oliver. He likes to be active and spend his time outside when the weather is warm, as well as going to concerts and sporting events. He also enjoys drinking coffee, reading and spending time with his friends and family. Wahl enjoys eating healthy and usually does so, but his vices are pizza and frozen yogurt. He enjoys all types of movies, especially those directed by Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese including “The Departed” and “The Gangs of New York.” Some of Wahl’s all-time favorite movies include “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the “Star Wars” series, “The Count of Monte Cristo” and “Forrest Gump.” His favorite musical artists include The Beatles, Tom Petty, Kings of Leon, Tool and Dredg. Wahl’s favorite vacation was in Whistler, Canada in 2012 where he proposed to his wife, and he’d really like to visit Europe strictly on vacation. His favorite non-MLS soccer team is Manchester United and his favorite soccer player is former French midfielder Zinedine Zidane. Wahl’s best soccer memory was winning the 2009 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup Championship with Seattle Sounders FC.