Zimmerman photo from file/Courtesy USA Soccer
A Nashville SC defender will have another chance to represent his country. Reigning MLS Defender of the Year Walker Zimmerman is a member of the United States 23-man squad for the upcoming Gold Cup.
The 28-year old Zimmerman has 14 caps in Red White and Blue, and has scored twice for his country. His most recent appearance for the Nats came at the conclusion of the Nations League window, when he played a 45-minute stint off the bench in the friendly match against Costa Rica. By squaring off with Randall Leal, he took part in the first international match that included Boys in Not Gold on opposite teams.
The Americans’ Gold Cup begins with a group stage game against a team yet to qualify (Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermda, and Barbados will begin competing for that spot tomorrow afternoon in Fort Lauderdale) July 11. Other group-stage games include Martinique July 15 and Canada July 18. All three US matches take place at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
The Americans and Canadians – whose squad will likely include fellow NSC defender Alistair Johnston – are favored to advance into the knockout stages from Group B. Leal’s Costa Rica is favored in Group C and Panama, which boasts NSC’s Aníbal Godoy, is expected to advance from Group D. Those roster announcements are yet to be released.