Los Angeles Football Club defender Walker Zimmerman was one of 22 players called up by interim U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan on Sunday morning ahead of a friendly against Bolivia on Memorial Day at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Penn.
Zimmerman, 24, is one of just two MLS players getting the call for this roster, alongside Toronto FC goalkeeper Alex Bono.
The roster is extremely young, with an average age of 22, and only a handful of players have more than a few caps. For his part, Zimmerman has two with the USMNT to date. This roster appears to be a one-off, with some of the members possibly heading to Europe in the coming weeks for additional friendlies there.
So it’s good news to see Zimmerman get the call, and it continues LAFC’s burgeoning reputation as an international squad in literal terms. Zimmerman will likely travel to the match with fellow USMNT call-up Christian Pulisic after Tuesday’s friendly against Borussia Dortmund, but that means he’s almost certain to miss Saturday’s game against D.C. United. If Laurent Ciman is called up by Belgium ahead of the World Cup, that means LAFC could be with just one true center back, Dejan Jakovic, for Saturday’s game, and it also likely means another starter is missing from LAFC’s slew of call-ups: Zimmerman, Ciman, Steven Beitashour, Omar Gaber, Carlos Vela and Marco Ureña are likely all gone for the D.C. game.
So it’s a good news/bad news kind of situation, but representing your country is a big honor. It will be up to Bob Bradley and Co. to weather the absences, which now include Zimmerman.
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