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Nashville, Zimmerman agree to contract extension

Field Level Media
11 Aug 2020, 03:19 GMT+10

Center back Walker Zimmerman signed a contract extension with Nashville SC through the 2023 season, the club announced Monday.

The team used Targeted Allocation Money to complete the deal, which includes a 2024 option.

Financial terms were not released.

"I couldn't be more excited to represent Nashville SC, on and off the pitch, for the next few years," Zimmerman, 27, said in a statement. "Nashville has shown that it embraces their sports teams with an unrivaled passion. We witnessed that firsthand at our inaugural game in February. My hope is to bring trophies to the city, and our fans, for years to come."

Nashville, in its first year in the league, acquired Zimmerman in February in a trade from LAFC, where he posted an All-Star season in 2019. He scored Nashville's first-ever, and so far only, goal.

The club is 0-2-0 on the season and didn't participate in the MLS is Back tournament after nine players tested positive for COVID-19.

"We acquired Walker knowing that he is one of, if not the top, center backs in Major League Soccer and the US men's national team pool," Nashville GM Mike Jacobs said. "He is an important piece of our club's present and future, and we wanted to commit ourselves to him to demonstrate that."

Zimmerman joined the MLS in 2013, playing for FC Dallas, and LAFC acquired him before the 2018 season. He won Supporters' Shield trophies with both teams.

In 142 regular-season MLS appearances (124 starts), he has 13 goals and three assists. He debuted with the USMNT in 2017 and has earned 12 caps, 11 as a starter.

--Field Level Media

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