MLS Moves: Los Angeles FC trades for defender Zimmerman

Three months before its first MLS game, Los Angeles Football Club has swung its first trade.

Acquired from FC Dallas in exchange for $500,000 in allocation money equally split evenly between general (GAM) and targeted (TAM) is defender Walker Zimmerman, 24, a five-year MLS veteran. In the deal the teams also swapped places in the league allocation rankings: FCD takes the No. 1 slot and LAFC sits at No. 11.

Zimmerman (6-foot-3, 190 pounds), scored eight goals and registered one assist in 95 league and playoff games from 2013 to 2017 as a No. 7 overall SuperDraft pick of FC Dallas. He struggled last year; after making his U.S. debut in a friendly against Jamaica in February, he suffered a strained MCL in his left knee and make just 18 appearances as FCD fell short of the playoffs.


“Walker is a talented young defender who will play an important role in our team,” LAFC head coach Bob Bradley said in a statement. “He’s a strong defender and a good passer out of the back. I love his mentality and want to see him develop into a real leader.”

Zimmerman is the third player added to the LAFC roster. He joins Mexican forward Carlos Vela and Egyptian right back Omar Gaber. “Adding a physical and athletic defender was essential for us,” said club general manager John Thorrington. “Walker has an incredibly bright future and brings impressive MLS experience to Los Angeles. We’re excited to be a part of his continued development on and off the field.”

Discussions with Uruguayan club Penarol regarding teenage forward Diego Rossi have stalled and resumed several times in the past few weeks.  LAFC has also acquired a 2018 international player slot from Atlanta United in exchange for a fourth-round pick in next month's MLS SuperDraft.

LAFC has five selections in the MLS Expansion Draft to be conducted Tuesday. No team can lose more than one player.
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