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Jonny Walker (born September 13, 1974 in Torrance, California) is an American soccer goalkeeper, the first American to become a starting player on a South American soccer club. He currently plays for the MetroStars of Major League Soccer.
Walker's soccer career is unparallel for an American player. After playing a year at the University of Louisville, he joined the Memphis Jackals of the USISL. Upon the formation of MLS, he was drafted 28th overall in the 1996 MLS Supplemental Draft, and became a third-string goalkeeper of the 1996 Dallas Burn, behind Mark Dodd. Unhappy with his situation, he left MLS and played for the now-defunct Jacksonville Cyclones of the A-League. On a recommendation, he went to Chile and signed with Universidad Católica. They loaned Walker out to Huachipato in 1998, then brought him back, and he became the starting goalkeeper for the club, playing in the Copa Libertadores. Jonny then signed with Colo-Colo in 2003, and played a season there. Walker came back to the US later that year, signing with the MetroStars, who just lost starting goalkeeper Tim Howard. He has been with the Metros since, but followed a terrific 2003 with an erratic second season.
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