"Anthony is a proven player who is a big, strong target," Riot Head Coach Jeff Kraft said, in a release. "He is a guy who is going to get in there and fight to get goals for us."
Maher has scored 117 goals in 177 games during his nine-year MISL career. In 2009-2010, Maher tallied 11 goals and three assists with the Philadelphia KiXX.
The Cape May, N.J., native played two seasons with the KiXX, scoring 26 goals in 26 games. Maher also has played for the Milwaukee Wave, California Cougars, Chicago Storm, Kansas City Comets and Cleveland Force.
The veteran forward scored a career-best 28 goals in the 2003-2004 season with Kansas City, which named him its Newcomer of the Year. He also was the Cleveland Force Rookie of the Year in 2002-2003 after posting eight goals and seven assists in 35 games.
"I am extremely excited to represent the Chicago Riot in their inaugural season," Maher said. "I firmly believe the players, Coach Kraft and the front office staff are committed to making this season a special one. I look forward to bringing my work ethic and passion for the game to the Chicago Riot."
Maher also is an accomplished outdoor player, starting his professional soccer career with the Wilmington Hammerheads of the USL Second Division in 2002 and also playing one season with Milwaukee Wave United in the USL A-League for the 2004-2005 season. He signed with the Syracuse Salty Dogs in 2006, where he scored nine goals in 26 games and was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year.
In 2007, Maher signed with the Carolina RailHawks of the USL First Division and scored the team's lone goal in an overtime semifinal loss to Major League Soccer's New England Revolution in the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
Maher is a graduate of Mercyhurst College, where he was an NCAA Division II All-American in 2001, as well as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2001.