The U.S. Men’s National Team revealed their updated roster for upcoming friendlies in Europe against Ireland and France on Tuesday, and defender Walker Zimmerman was not on the list.
That comes as good news for Los Angeles Football Club, as Zimmerman, one of three true center backs on the roster, was out last week as he prepared for Monday’s 3-0 friendly win over Bolivia, a game in which he scored the winning goal. With the other two LAFC central defenders — Laurent Ciman and Dejan Jakovic — out for international duty and suspension, respectively, LAFC were looking mighty bare in a vital position for Saturday’s away trip to FC Dallas.
But with Zimmerman back in the fold for his club team, that concern should be at least somewhat alleviated. Bob Bradley will still have to play someone who is not normally a central defender next to Zimmerman — candidates include rookies Joao Moutinho and Tristan Blackmon, each of whom played in central defense for spells in the last two games, or veterans Jordan Harvey, Steven Beitashour, or even midfielder Callum Mallace. But with Zimmerman around, LAFC will at least have an anchor in the back with someone who should be able to bring organization to the backline.
So, nice job on international duty, Walker, but your club needs you at the moment, and everyone is glad you’re coming back.
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