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Walker Zimmerman is Angels on Parade’s LAFC Defender of the Year

Fixture in the middle the overwhelming choice of our readers.

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Walker Zimmerman was the first big splash trade by Los Angeles Football Club, and it appears his season with the club was a success, as the center back was voted Angels on Parade’s LAFC Defender of the Year by our readers, garnering 55 percent of the vote.

Zimmerman, 25, played and started 26 games in regular season play this year for LAFC, scoring four goals, including his first career brace in a September win over the San Jose Earthquakes.

The Georgia native was the fixture in the middle of the defense for the team in their debut season, as his first center back partner, Laurent Ciman, was a late scratch on Belgium’s World Cup squad and then was sold to Dijon in August, while Danilo Silva came in that same summer transfer window in which Ciman departed. Between those three and Dejan Jakovic, LAFC’s center back corps was pretty shallow, but the quartet made it work, and Zimmerman was central to that.

Zimmerman is out of contract next month, and rumors have tied him to potentially going abroad, although LAFC have said they want to re-sign him. We’ll see if the US international will stick around beyond a strong debut season in the black-and-gold. Congrats to Walker!

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