Sept. 16, 2005
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Former Santa Clara University men's soccer standout Jamil Walker has been making quite a name for himself lately.
One of Major League Soccer's quickest players, he has served as a developmental player this season, meaning that he did not count against the team's salary budget and he had a non-guaranteed contract.
That all changed Thursday when the Pittsford, N.Y. native was signed to a spot on the club's senior roster prior to today's MLS roster freeze.
Primarily a reserve for D.C. United, the defending MLS Cup champions, Walker has scored twice this season in league play and has four assists in 17 appearances. Nine of his 15 shots have been on frame. Walker has also scored important goals in both the CONCACAF Champions Cup and the Copa Nissan Sudamericana. He also has seven goals in the reserve division, and has twice notched hat tricks in friendlies.
"Jamil has earned a spot on our senior roster," said United Technical Director Dave Kasper of Walker's upgrade. "He has made a significant impact for us this year and we look forward to his continued contributions for D.C. United both on and off the field."
Walker was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes in the fourth round of the 2003 MLS SuperDraft (39th overall). In 19 games during his rookie season, he scored at a rate of nearly a goal-a-game, as he notched four in only 365 minutes of play. His first three starts for the Earthquakes came during the team's MLS Cup championship run, as he scored a goal and dished out two assists in four total games.
In 2004, he spent an injury-plagued season with the Earthquakes, seeing time in 10 games (two starts). He played a total of 237 minutes at the forward position and recorded four shots. He also saw time in one playoff game. Following the 2004 season, Walker was selected by Chivas USA in the MLS Expansion Draft. He was obtained by D.C. United from Chivas USA in March in exchange for a 2007 second round Supplemental Draft pick.
On Tuesday, Walker scored in the 81st minute to give D.C. United a draw with Universidad Catolica of Chile in the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana series at RFK Stadium.