Walker Zimmerman

Walker Dwain Zimmerman (born May 19, 1993) is an American soccer player who currently plays for Los Angeles FC in Major League Soccer and for the United States national team. Zimmerman is also an assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins men's soccer program.

Walker Zimmerman
Zimmerman with the United States at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
Personal information
Full name Walker Dwain Zimmerman[1]
Date of birth (1993-05-19) May 19, 1993
Place of birth Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Playing position Center-back
Club information
Current team
Los Angeles FC
Number 25
Youth career
GSA Phoenix
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Furman Paladins 39 (11)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2017 FC Dallas 89 (7)
2018– Los Angeles FC 51 (5)
National team
2010–2011 United States U18 3 (0)
2011–2013 United States U20 10 (2)
2015–2016 United States U23 3 (0)
2017– United States 11 (2)
Teams managed
2019– UCLA Bruins (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 13, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of September 6, 2019

Career

Youth and college

Zimmerman came through the youth academy at Gwinnett Soccer Association in Lilburn, Georgia, where he was mentored by former Atlanta Silverbacks and Charleston Battery manager Nuno Piteira.

Zimmerman played college soccer at Furman University between 2011 and 2012. He was named First Team All-Conference 2011, Southern Conference Freshman of the Year 2011, and National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA Division I Men’s All-America Second Team in 2012.[2]

Professional

FC Dallas selected Zimmerman in the first round (No. 7 overall) of the 2013 MLS SuperDraft.[3] He made his professional debut on May 11, 2013 as a late substitute in a 2–1 victory against D.C. United.

On December 10, 2017, Zimmerman was traded by FC Dallas to new expansion side Los Angeles FC in exchange for $250,000 in General Allocation Money and $250,000 in Targeted Allocation Money. The two clubs also swapped allocation rankings with FC Dallas moving to #1 and Los Angeles FC moving to #11.[4]

International career

On January 6, 2017, for the first time Walker Zimmerman was called up for the United States national team by coach Bruce Arena.[5] Zimmerman earned his first cap and start against Jamaica in a January Camp friendly on February 3, 2017. He was named player of the match.[6] He scored his first goal (a header) on May 28, 2018, against Bolivia.

International goals

Scores and results list the United States' goal tally first.[7]
NoDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.May 28, 2018Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, United States Bolivia1–03–0Friendly
2.January 27, 2019State Farm Stadium, Glendale, United States Panama2–03–0

Personal life

Zimmerman was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on May 19, 1993, to Becky and David Zimmerman. He has two older siblings, David and Dawson.

Career statistics

As of January 28, 2019
Club Season League MLS Cup US Open Cup CONCACAF Total
AppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
FC Dallas 2013 7200200092
2014 100201000130
2015 200212000241
2016 304204010374
2017 221001040271
Total 89761100501108
Los Angeles FC 2018 264104000314
Career total 11511711405014112

Honors

Club

FC Dallas

Los Angeles FC

Individual

References

  1. "40-Player National Team Roster: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup: United States" (PDF). CONCACAF. p. 16. Retrieved May 21, 2019 via Bernews.
  2. "{title}". Archived from the original on January 23, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  3. "SuperDraft '13 – FC Dallas snag Walker Zimmerman with the 7th pick". MLSsoccer.com. Archived from the original on May 31, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2013.
  4. "LAFC ACQUIRES WALKER ZIMMERMAN FROM FC DALLAS". Los Angeles FC. December 10, 2017. Archived from the original on December 11, 2017. Retrieved December 10, 2017.
  5. "Arena Calls 32 Players for MNT January Camp". U.S. Soccer. January 5, 2017. Archived from the original on January 6, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  6. "FC Dallas Defender Walker Zimmerman Makes USMNT Debut, Named Player of the Match". February 3, 2017. Archived from the original on February 4, 2017. Retrieved February 4, 2017.
  7. "Zimmerman, Walker". National Football Teams. Archived from the original on April 13, 2018. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  8. "2019 MLS All-Star Roster". Major League Soccer. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  9. "MLS Fact and Record Book". Major League Soccer. p. 163. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
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