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Get to know LAFC defender Walker Zimmerman

LAFC acquired the former FC Dallas man in December. So what does he bring to the table?

SOCCER: AUG 19 MLS - FC Dallas at Sporting KC Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Age: 24

How LAFC acquired him: Acquired via trade with FC Dallas on December 10, 2017, for $250,000 in Targeted Allocation Money and $250,000 in General Allocation Money, in addition to swapping places in Allocation Order.

Position(s): Center back

Previous pro playing experience:

FC Dallas (2013-2017)

  • 89 MLS regular season matches (71 starts, 7 goals)
  • 6 MLS Postseason matches (4 starts, 1 goal)
  • Titles: 2016 U.S. Open Cup, 2016 MLS Supporters’ Shield


  • Senior USMNT: 2 caps
  • U-23 USYNT: 3 caps
  • U-20 USYNT: 10 caps, 2 goals
  • U-18 USYNT: 3 caps

Scouting report:

FC Dallas fans know all too well that when Zimmerman is healthy and at 100 percent, he is arguably one of the best defenders in MLS. His size and aerial ability make him a threat around goal on offensive set pieces and he can defend them well too. What gets Zimmerman into trouble is his reaction time on the ball and his passing out of the back. Too often in 2017, when put under pressure in the back, Zimmerman would give the ball away in a terrible spot that would lead to a goal. If he can work that aspect out of his game and be there mentally for his team, he will be a beast again for LAFC. ~Drew Epperley Big D Soccer

How will he feature for LAFC in 2018?

Looking at LAFC’s roster, Zimmerman stands out immediately as a starting center back alongside Laurent Ciman. The only other defender available at that position for the Angels is Dejan Jakovic. Zimmerman is 6-foot-3, so he fits the mold physically in the center of the defense. In addition, he is a five-year MLS veteran, with some international experience in the U.S. youth levels as well as the senior team. Expect Zimmerman to be a major player for LAFC as they start play in Major League Soccer, anchoring the defensive line.


Say what you will about the Audi Player Index, but here’s a good highlight video from 2016 that shows a lot of the defensive plays Zimmerman makes every game.

Fun facts

  • His brother, Dawson, played in the NFL as a punter for the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Has a cat named Domino and a rabbit named Duper.

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