He has visited Olympic Centennial Park because he wanted to compare it with what was done in London when it hosted the Summer Olympics in 2012. He’s been to a lot of live events. And he loves the Georgia Aquarium. He said he sent several photos and videos from there to his family.
Walkes said his family will soon come to visit him, which he is very excited about.
“You might see a few more smiles from me,” he said.
He said he is here and working to become a better pro because he wants to make them proud.
The 20-year-old has three appearances (all as a sub), including coming on for the final 12 minutes of Saturday’s 3-1 loss to Vancouver. On the field, he said he’s learned that in MLS any mistakes are punished by opponents.
He wouldn’t commit to saying he has a future as a pro in MLS or the U.S., but he didn’t rule it out either. His loan will expire at the end of the season.
“Who knows?” he said. “Long-term this place will only get better. Being a part of it is a great experience. I don’t see why, somewhere down the line, I wouldn’t enjoy it.”