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LAFC’s Walker Zimmerman starts, scores first goal in USMNT win over Bolivia

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Center back may have played his way to more minutes with his country.

Bolivia v United States Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Walker Zimmerman started for the U.S. Men’s National Team on Monday in their friendly against Bolivia, but he did more than that.

The Los Angeles Football Club defender scored the winner, his first goal for his country, in a 3-0 win at Talen Energy Stadium in the Memorial Day clash.

Zimmerman started and went the full 90 for the USMNT in the win, and took the captain’s armband for the final 18 minutes or so in the win.

His goal came on a header off a corner kick in the 37th minute:

Zimmerman’s LAFC teammate Benny Feilhaber teased the defender that he needs to bring his scoring chops to his club team (but seriously tho):

The question now is what happens next with Zimmerman. U.S. Soccer has said there will be changes to this USMNT roster before their next two games, friendlies in Europe against Ireland and France on the weekend and next week. Staying with the USMNT is an honor for Zimmerman in a time when the door is wide open for American players to make a case to be part of the next generation of regulars, but LAFC have several games and could miss several, something Kevin Baxter of the LA Times reported over the weekend. If that’s the case, it’s going to be a bittersweet feeling for LAFC, potentially.

In any case, congrats to Zimmerman for a strong performance and for scoring his first goal for the USMNT.

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