And then there were two. The inclusion of centerback Walker Zimmerman on the US Men’s National Team World Cup squad comes as no surprised, but he’ll have a club teammate in Qatar, as well. Fullback Shaq Moore has also been selected to the USMNT.
Zimmerman has 33 caps with the national team, and has captained the Nats five times. He didn’t play in the opening window of World Cup Qualifying (including the game in Nashville) last September, but has emerged as a mainstay since.
Moore has 15 USMNT caps, and joined Nashville SC in the summer window from Tenerife of La Liga 2. He played 81 minutes in October and 119 minutes in the March qualifying window, his only competitive MNT minutes since the 2019 Gold Cup.
The duo are the first pair of Nashville SC players to play in the World Cup (though Aníbal Godoy captained Panama in its first-ever World Cup in 2018, prior to his time with Nashville SC). Former NSC defender Alistair Johnston and current Nashville winger Jacob Shaffelburg are candidates to make Canada’s squad when it’s announced Sunday afternoon.