Walker looks back at first season with FC Diablos
For Jordan Walker his first season in FC Diablos colors has seen him rise as one of the top players for the club and arguably the Midwest Premier League. In five games for the club he has scored eight goals and bagged one assist.
FC Diablos are currently seven games down with four games left in the season. They stand in sixth place in the Midwest Premier League West Division table and hold a record of 3-2-2.
It’s been a rocky road for Diablos, but they have not given up just yet. Walker started the season off strong against Milwaukee Bavarians SC in a 5-2 win where he scored a hat trick and earned the Man of the Match.
His other goals have come from scoring against Steel City FC, RWB Adria and a game winning goal against Cedar Rapids Inferno.
The Normal, Illinois native went to Normal West High School and now is continuing his academic and athletic career at Western Michigan University, part of the Mid-Atlantic Conference and a Division I school.
As a Bronco, Walker has appeared in four games and tallied one shot on goal. Getting minutes on a team can be tough so Walker looked to play in the summer to stay sharp. Already knowing the club FC Diablos and was in talks with current head coach and Club President Roberto Yepez ever since the start of the club, he decided to take him up on the offer to join for the summer.
“I was looking for an opportunity to stay sharp and get some good, solid playing time in and Diablos was the perfect opportunity to play at a pretty high level,” Walker said. “Coming off a college season of competing at a very high level it’s tough to get some playing time so towards the end of the season things weren’t really going my way in terms of playing time and I think confidence was a factor in that.”
Fans of FC Diablos can easily say that Walker is the best player on the team scoring in nearly every game and netting a hat trick in the first match of the season, but he thinks there are others on the team that deserve more credit even though they don’t get on the stat sheet every game.
“There’s a lot of hard workers on this team for sure, I can name the other captain, Dalton Bruso, I can name Magnus Parente, who didn’t play the whole season, but very important for us. Delphy Sebu, he’s been good for defense. He had a little bit of an injury that he’s been getting through these past couple of weeks so it’ll be good to have him back,” Walker said. “Ethan Miller, of course, very good player, very happy to have him on the team. Those are all guys that don’t get on the stat sheet as much, but they deserve a lot of credit as well.”
Looking back at the season Walker can name one high and low point from the summer season.
“Specifically I really enjoyed our win against (Cedar Rapids) Inferno. It was a home game and we faced some adversity with the red card and it took a lot of effort and a very good team to battle to pull out that win. You know I think spirits were very high after that one and I think that was one of the highest points during the season,” Walker said.
“It’s hard to dwell on the lows, you try to move past those very quickly, but being down 3-0 against Steel City recently. That of course obviously is not a great feeling. I think that the fact that we were able to put in an effort and bounce back a little bit even though we weren’t able to get the result shows that we got some mentally tough guys on the team,” Walker said.
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