Utah Jazz: Walker Kessler’s hilarious history with soccer

Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler (24) dunks in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. The Knicks won 113-104.

Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

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The 2022 World Cup kicks off Sunday morning with host country Qatar facing Ecuador. With that in mind, I thought it might be a good time to discuss which Utah Jazz players are big soccer fans and which ones have experience playing the game. Topical, right?

But then Walker Kessler walked into the room, and everything he said needs to be shared with Jazz fans.

Kessler said that he’ll probably watch some of the World Cup action, but he learned early on that he was not destined to be a soccer player.

“My foot-eye coordination is not good,” he said. “I played one year of soccer. My mom had me play soccer in seventh grade because she said I was getting a little too serious about basketball during that time. And what position do you think I played?”

With that kind of length? It’s got to be go goalie, right?

“Correct.” Kessler said. “Played goalie and didn’t use my feet, at all.”

But was he any good?

“You know, there was one game where I had 37 saves,” Kessler says with a pause for gasps and jaw drops by the reporters. “We lost 10-to-0.”


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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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