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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 4, 2021) – 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:

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Last Name
First Name
Club
Position
All-Star Game Number
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
Carlos
New England Revolution
AM
22
Gomez Andrade
Yamier
Seattle Sounders FC
CB
28
Hernandez
Javier 'Chicharito'
LA Galaxy
FW
14
Kreilach
Damier
Real Salt Lake
AM
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
Emmanuel
Minnesota United FC
AM
33
Robinson
Miles
Atlanta United
CB
12
Roldan
Alex
Seattle Sounders FC
LB
13
Roldan
Cristian
Seattle Sounders FC
DM
23
Rossi
Diego
Los Angeles Football Club
W
21
Ruidiaz
Raul
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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