After protracted negotiations, the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) announced officially what had been rumored for weeks. Walker Zimmerman will be back with the team for four more years.
Zimmerman, a free agent had a chance to explore options in Europe or with other MLS clubs. But during his training with the U.S. National Team last week he iterated he wanted a return to LAFC.
Zimmerman will now be with the club until 2022 during his prime years which takes the 25-year-old into his 30’s.
“I could not be more excited to continue my career with LAFC and build on what the group accomplished in our first year,” added Zimmerman. “I would like to thank the Club for wanting me to be a part of the future here in Los Angeles, and I can’t wait to get started again.”
Last year as part of the LAFC backline Zimmerman played in all 26 games and scored a career-high four goals including three game-winning ones.
Zimmerman took over leadership of the defense when team captain Laurent Ciman left for France’s Ligue 1 mid-season last year. Re-signing with the team shores up the central defense and now makes Zimmerman the anchor of the center that Ciman was last year.
The team stated as such when the announcement was made:
“Walker has emerged as one of the top center backs in MLS, and we are incredibly pleased to agree to a new, long-term deal that will keep him in Los Angeles for the foreseeable future,” said general manager and EVP of soccer operations John Thorrington in a team statement. “He is entering the prime years of his career, and I know I share our supporters’ excitement in looking forward to his continued contributions in Black & Gold for years to come.”
The team is not done filling out the roster as they move on to training camp, pre-season, and they’re March 3 opener.
Getting Zimmerman back in the fold stabilizes an important position for the team this season and for the future. Now Zimmerman has to reward LAFC’s faith by putting his best game out onto the field.
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