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Walker Zimmerman called up to USMNT for England, Italy friendlies

LAFC defender back in fold for final games of 2018.

Bolivia v United States Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

U.S. Soccer announced on Tuesday the roster for the final U.S. Men’s National Team friendlies of 2018, and a familiar face was among the call-ups.

Los Angeles Football Club defender Walker Zimmerman was among the 28 players called up by USMNT interim boss Dave Sarachan for the two friendlies in the November FIFA window. The Americans will head to Europe to play England at Wembley Stadium in London on Nov. 15, followed by a meeting against Italy in Genk, Belgium on Nov. 20.

Zimmerman, 25, has three caps at senior USMNT level to date, with one goal scored, earlier this year in a friendly against Bolivia.

The defender is scheduled to be out of contract at the end of the year, so if he is not planning on re-signing with LAFC (or if they aren’t planning to offer him a deal, which seems unlikely) for next season this is a good chance for him to show off what he can do in Europe against high-level opposition. I think most LAFC supporters want him to stick around but being out of contract could give him a little extra motivation in these games.

Congrats to him and best of luck with the USMNT.

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