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FC Dallas grab Walker Zimmerman in MLS Draft

Published 1/17/2013 4:36:19 PM by staff from dallas
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FC Dallas selected centerback Walker Zimmerman with the 7th overall pick in the 2013 MLS Draft on Thursday.  The Furman player and Generation adidas signee was expected to go as high as #1 in the MLS draft, but after Louisville’s Andrew Farrell was taken 1st overall by the New England Revolution, Zimmerman immediately fell into limbo that lasted longer than anyone expected.

In the end, Zimmerman fell to #7, where FC Dallas lay in wait ready to snap up their second centerback in as many drafts after grabbing Matt Hedges in 2012.

He played two years at Furman where he was first team All So-Con both years.  Zimmerman is very good on set pieces with his dominating size and strength scoring 11 goals in his two years at Furman.  He has also been very active in the US National Team system captaining the U18s at the prestigous Milk Cup and was the team MVP at a tournament in Israel.

FC Dallas and coach Schellas Hyndman hope to continue their quality of drafting central defenders.  They have landed both starting central defenders George John and Matt Hedges in recent MLS drafts.

Zimmerman missed the Combine last week in South Florida with what doctors originally diagnosed as a groin strain at the tail end of the college season last fall, and he admitted Thursday that he could miss the first few weeks of FC Dallas preseason training with inflammation of the pubic bone and pelvis.

“It's an indefinite timetable,” he said. “Four to six weeks is kind of a timetable. It's a matter of getting the inflammation out and fixing the muscular imbalances that may have caused it in the first place, and then we're good to go."

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