MetroStars trade Walker to Crew
SECAUCUS, N.J. - The MetroStars announced today that they have traded goalkeeper Jonny Walker to the Columbus Crew in exchange for Columbus' natural 2006 fourth round Supplemental Draft pick.
Jonny Walker joined the MetroStars in the middle of the 2003 season after goalkeeper Tim Howard was transferred to Manchester United. Walker made an immediate impact with the Metros starting all 14 games after he joined the team and earning a league low 0.95 goals against average and four shutouts. He made his Metro debut on July 19, 2003 at Dallas and registered his first win by making seven saves in the 2-1 victory.
For the 2004 season, Walker played the full 90 minutes in the 28 games that he appeared in during the regular season and also played the full 90 minutes in both legs of the Eastern Conference Semifinal series against D.C. United. Walker recorded five shutouts on the season and recorded his season-high eight save performance (including a penalty kick save) in Kansas city on July 28, 2004. Walker finished the 2004 season with an 1.61 GAA.
Following the 2004 season with the MetroStars, Walker underwent surgery in mid-November to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. He has not seen any action in 2005.
Walker earned three caps for the United States National Team and made his U.S. debut on January 18, 2004 in a 1-1 tie vs. Denmark.