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Nashville Soccer Club Defender Walker Zimmerman Selected to the 2021 MLS All-Star Game, Pres. by Target 

August 4, 2021 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Nashville SC News Release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Soccer Club in conjunction with Major League Soccer announced today that defender Walker Zimmerman has been selected to the 2021 MLS All-Star Game, presented by Target.

Zimmerman returns to Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles for the first time since joining Nashville SC via trade from LAFC. The center back will join the best of MLS under the leadership of LAFC Head Coach Bob Bradley as they face the best of LIGA MX on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. CT on FS1 and Univision.

Zimmerman will be appearing in his second MLS All-Star Game and his first as a Nashville SC player. The 28-year old has anchored Nashville SC's defense to become one of the most successful backlines for an expansion side in league history. 

Thus far in 2021, Zimmerman has earned five shutouts in 10 appearances as the club has improved its goals-against average from 0.96 in 2020, the best ever for an expansion club, to 0.94 in 2021. 

In the club's inaugural MLS campaign, Zimmerman's stellar performance, both in defense and offensively with three goals including the club's first ever goal in MLS history, earned him the 2020 MLS Defender of the Year and MLS Best XI honors as well as the club's Most Valuable Player.

As an active member of the U.S. Men's National Team, Zimmerman was most recently called up to participate in the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup where he wore the captain's armband for the first time in his international career in a 6-1 victory over Martinique.

The roster was determined through a combination of fan, player and media voting (13 players), designations by All-Star Head Coach Bob Bradley (13 players) and a pair of selections by MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

A full breakdown of the 2021 MLS roster can be found below:

Last Name First Name Club Position All-Star Game No.

Araujo Julian LA Galaxy RB 2

Atuesta Eduard Los Angeles Football Club DM 20

Bou Gustavo New England Revolution W 7

Buchanan Tajon New England Revolution W 18

Cowell Cade San Jose Earthquakes FW 44

Gallese Pedro Orlando City SC GK 1

Gil Carles New England Revolution AM 22

Gomez Andrade Yeimar Seattle Sounders FC CB 28

Hernandez Javier 'Chicharito' LA Galaxy FW 14

Kreilach Damir Real Salt Lake CM 8

Murillo Jesus Los Angeles Football Club CB 94

Nani Orlando City SC W 17

Nouhou Seattle Sounders FC LB 5

Paulo João Seattle Sounders FC DM 6

Pepi Ricardo FC Dallas FW 24

Reynoso Emanuel Minnesota United FC AM 33

Robinson Miles Atlanta United CB 12

Roldan Alex Seattle Sounders FC RB 13

Roldan Cristian Seattle Sounders FC CM 23

Rossi Diego Los Angeles Football Club W 21

Ruidíaz Raúl Seattle Sounders FC FW 9

Salloi Daniel Sporting Kansas City W 19

Sands James New York City FC CB 16

Turner Matt New England Revolution GK 30

Vela Carlos Los Angeles Football Club W 10

Wagner Kai Philadelphia Union LB 27

Zelarayan Lucas Columbus Crew AM 11

Zimmerman Walker Nashville SC CB 25

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