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Major League Soccer

A look at the Top 10 familiar MLS faces in new places for 2018

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It was a busy winter for MLS transactions and plenty of big MLS names were on the move.

Players fans have been plenty used to seeing in one uniform will be plying their trade in another city with another club this season. From members of the U.S. Men's National Team to former MVP candidates, it was a busy offseason of trades and sales throughout MLS.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Los Angeles FC

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After what feels like ages of hype, Los Angeles FC is ready to open the book on their MLS existence.

Expansion teams come with unique challenges that established outfits don't usually have to face. They have to assemble an entire team from scratch, come up with a vision of how they want that team to play, and hope all the guys can come in from around the world and adapt to that vision as well as each other.

SBI MLS Midseason Defender of the Year: Walker Zimmerman

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Walker Zimmerman took time to develop as a defender. Drafted seventh overall in 2013, Zimmerman worked his way through the FC Dallas system while honing his craft in central defense. A three-year push earned the defender a spot in FC Dallas' starting XI in 2015, and Zimmerman has more than justified his position in 2016 while leading FC Dallas to the top of the table.

Seattle Sounders

News roundup: Expansion draft, MLS Cup, and Stanford wins (again)

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Also: Ayuk on the move, new financial rules for 2018, and interesting moves in a half-day trade window.

Sounders surrender another somewhat soft penalty

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The Seattle Sounders find themselves trailing early after Chad Marshall was whistled for a penalty and Mauro Diaz converted. It wasn't exactly an egregious penalty, but Marshall made it tough on himself by grabbing Walker Zimmerman in plain view of referee Ricardo Salazar.

In a vacuum, it's the kind of penalty that is probably going to get called more often than it won't.

FC Dallas

MLS Half-Day Trade Window Roundup: Kei Kamara, Walker Zimmerman, and more

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Only hours after Toronto FC lifted the 2017 MLS Cup, MLS opened a brief trade window Sunday morning. Teams could conduct player trades for four short hours between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and several teams took advantage.

Here's a closer look at all of the day's action:

Whitecaps acquire Kei Kamara from Revs

New England Revolution striker Kei Kamara is headed to western Canada as the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired his services.

Timber Cruise: Portland Timbers 2, FC Dallas 0

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Well, you can't say it was because FC Dallas was more shorthanded than the Timbers. With Kellyn Acosta, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, and Maynor Figueroa all out on either national-team duty or with an injury, it would've been fair before the game to call the Burn charred by injuries.

But then the Timbers lost both Liam Ridgewell and Roy Miller to injuries.

Three Questions with Big D Soccer

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Ahead of Saturday's home match versus FC Dallas we reached out to our sister blog in the Lone Star state, Big D Soccer, and asked some questions about the current status of their team. Managing Editor Drew Epperley was very kind to provide great answers.

Stumptown Footy: Dallas won 3-0 over RSL.

Zimmerman set to miss four-to-six weeks with knee injury

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After earning his first U.S. Men's National Team cap in January, Walker Zimmerman appears to be a candidate for a Gold Cup call-up. However, a knee injury has cast a bit of doubt on the status of the FC Dallas defender.

FC Dallas announced on Tuesday that Zimmerman will miss four-to-six weeks with awith a MCL strain in his left knee.

GAME THREAD: FC Dallas vs. Philadelphia Union

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It's time! It's time! It's Union time! And they're playing an MLS Cup contender. Ah geez.

UNION GAME #1
VS
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, TX
Sunday, March 6, 2016
3:00 PM
TCN - JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Online Streaming: MLS Live
TBG Game Preview
Know Thy Enemy: Big D Soccer
Starting XI
Maximiliano Urruti Forward C.

MLS Ticker: Casey, Kamara, FC Dallas and more

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Preseason training has officially started for MLS teams, but many are still adding depth to their rosters as the transfer window slowly comes to an end.

On Tuesday, the Columbus Crew revealed the signing of free agent Conor Casey, who has nine years of MLS experience.

MLS Ticker: Crew, Zimmerman, RSL and more

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News from the U.S. Men's National Team's January camp may be stealing the spotlight, but a couple reports from Scandinavia have revealed an MLS player to be and potential Viking FK signee.

The Columbus Crew are reportedly nearing a deal to acquire 24-year-old Odense Boldklub winger Emil Larsen.

FCD Saturday Session – 10/11/14

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ROOKIE WALL A MYTH?

Oscar Pareja isn't a big believer in ideas like MLS rookies hitting a proverbial wall at some point in their debut campaign because they aren't used to playing such a long season.

But looking at the numbers surrounding Tesho Akindele, FCD's candidate for MLS Rookie of the Year, it's rather hard not to believe something like that isn't in play.

Catching up with Walker Zimmerman

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Unfortunately, one word defines Walker Zimmerman's rookie season in MLS-injuries. A groin injury early in the year and a hamstring injury later in the season kept FC Dallas' top pick in the 2013 MLS Super Draft off the pitch for a total of 25 games last year. But the young center back still managed to score two goals, coming in back-to-back games in June of last year.

Walker Zimmerman training in Europe this offseason?

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One player that FC Dallas fans agree they'd all like to see more of is rookie center back Walker Zimmerman, FCD's top pick in the 2013 MLS Super Draft who has been beset by injuries for much of his first year in the league.

Zimmerman is now healthy and could start FCD's final two games. However, Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman is looking a bit longer term and said the 20-year-old defender could even train abroad for a bit this offseason before adding that doing so is a double-edged sword.

Could we see some of these players in the final two matches?

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Now that FC Dallas has officially been eliminated from playoff contention, maybe it's time for head coach Schellas Hyndman and the organization to get a look at some players who might not normally get a look with the first team, especially at this time of year. So, who can FCD supporters expect to see in these final two matches?

Walker Zimmerman continuing to recover from hamstring Injury and an odd quirk

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Unfortunately, Walker Zimmerman already knows a thing or two about what it's like to battle through an injury or two throughout the course of a Major League Soccer season. Zimmerman, FCD's top pick in the 2013 MLS Super Draft, missed the first 10 games of the campaign while recovering from a groin injury.

Jackson Still Undergoing Concussion Testing, Zimmerman Not Traveling to Montreal

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Jackson (Matt Visinsky, 3rd Degree)

Two players who weren't on the training field for FC Dallas on Thursday morning were versatile midfielder Jackson and rookie center back Walker Zimmerman.

Jackson suffered what was termed a minor concussion during Saturday's 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake and had to come off the field at halftime.

Updates on Jackson and Zimmerman

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As the week progresses, it appears that FC Dallas will be without flank midfielder Jackson and rookie center back Walker Zimmerman for Saturday's match against Montreal at Stade Saputo.

Jackson suffered what was termed a minor concussion in Saturday's 3-0 loss to Real Salt Lake and was unable to continue in the second half.

Stephen Keel: It Was Good for Me to Get Out There and Play

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This was exactly why FC Dallas picked Stephen Keel in the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft, for times when the club's depth at center back was put to the test. That's exactly what happened last week when both George John and Walker Zimmerman were sidelined with hamstring issues, which forced FCD head coach Schellas Hyndman to call upon Keel.

According to Hyndman, David Ferreira has been playing at 75 percent

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There were a number of players missing from training on Wednesday morning for FC Dallas, a list that included left back Jair Benitez, goalkeeper Raul Fernandez, central attacking midfielder David Ferreira, midfielder Jackson and rookie center back Walker Zimmerman. Fellow center back George John is still bothered by a left hamstring strain but could be close to returning to practice.

MLS Weekly: Week 18

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The Games


Philadelphia Union 2-2 FC Dallas

A 2-2 draw between the Philadelphia Union and FC Dallas kicked off a wild weekend of MLS, with two strong teams trading hard-fought goals. Amobi Okugo headed in a Sheanon Williams long throw-in in the 20th minute to give the Union the lead, but three minutes later, Walker Zimmerman nodded home his own header off a Michel free kick to make it 1-1.

Schellas Hyndman: Walker Zimmerman a great complement to club

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It's been a big few weeks for Walker Zimmerman as the FC Dallas rookie center back has a goal in each of FCD's last two games, both of which ended in draws. Of course, there was the requisite rookie moment mixed in with that ill-advised pass back that led to the eventual game-winner in a 4-3 loss to Portland in the U.

George John, Zach Loyd and Walker Zimmerman will all be questionable for Chivas USA

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Considering FC Dallas will have only one day of training prior to hosting Chivas USA on July 4th at FC Dallas Stadium, it will be a rather quick turnaround for FCD after playing Philadelphia to a 2-2 draw at PPL Park last Saturday.

Of course, one big story from that tie was that FCD was without both George John (hamstring) and Zach Loyd (groin) in the back as both remained back in Texas due to injury.

Match Highlights: FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union

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Here are the highlights of the FCD come from behind match at Philadelphia Union this weekend.

Scoring Summary:
PHL – Amobi Okugo (Sheanon Williams) 20
DAL – Walker Zimmerman (Michel) 24
PHL – Aaron Wheeler (Sheanon Williams) 87
DAL – Blas Perez (David Ferreira) 90+7

FC Dallas – Raul Fernandez, Michel, Matt Hedges, Walker Zimmerman, Jair Benitez, Fabian Castillo (Bobby Warshaw 62), Je-Vaughn Watson, Andrew Jacobson, Jackson (David Ferreira 56), Kenny Cooper (London Woodberry 85), Blas Perez.

Quote Sheet: FC Dallas at Philadelphia Union

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FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman

On the Disallowed goal...

I think that the replay showed that the ball was over the line on that goal, what I said to the players was that they had great focus and determination and other teams would have argued but we were determined and got it done.

United States

Player ratings for USA’s victory against Jamaica in international friendly

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The United States ended its January camp on a high note, beating Jamaica 1-0 in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Bruce Arena's first win of his second spell in charge of the national team. Here are the player ratings.

Luis Robles, 6 – Wasn't called upon often in his 45 minutes, but made a good play on a hard cross after Zusi got turned late in the first half.

Player ratings for USA’s victory against Jamaica in international friendly

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The United States ended its January camp on a high note, beating Jamaica 1-0 in Chattanooga, Tennessee for Bruce Arena's first win of his second spell in charge of the national team. Here are the player ratings.

Luis Robles, 6 – Wasn't called upon often in his 45 minutes, but made a good play on a hard cross after Zusi got turned late in the first half.

Jordan Morris goal hands USMNT 1-0 friendly win over Jamaica

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Benny Feilhaber, among others, stated his case for a spot on the World Cup qualifying roster as the US beat a cautious Reggae Boyz side

Despite dominating possession and restricting Jamaica to no true shots on goal, the United States was forced to sweat a bit before winning 1-0 on a cold night in Chattanooga.

Sheanon Williams

Report says Union had record high gross revenues in 2015, more news

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Report said Union had record high gross revenues in 2015 with double digit growth in sponsorship revenue. More news.

“It’s big”: Quotes & previews ahead of tonight’s USOC semi, more news

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Union and Dallas quotes ahead of tonight's US Open Cup semifinal, as well as a roundup of previews. More Union, MLS, and national team news.

Postgame quotes and video: Union 2-2 Dallas

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Video of John Hackworth's postgame press conference and interviews with Antoine Hoppenot, Jack McInerney, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams and Aaron Wheeler. Plus: postgame quote sheet.

The Rest

Walker Zimmerman ready to face big 2018 with USMNT, LAFC

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It's a big year for many throughout American soccer, but 2018 will be a particularly interesting challenge for Walker Zimmerman.

On the club level, Zimmerman is now tasked with being the present and future of LAFC, a club that has pegged him as a potential defensive anchor for years to come.

Fantasy Focus: Hey hey hey!

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It's Albert Rusnak!

!BL4CKnRED scored 83 points to lead this round. Romain Alessandrini (LA, $9.5) donned the armband and scored a goal on the way to 20 points to lead the team. Meanwhile, Seth Sinovic (SKC, $5.3) tallied a goal and an assist for 13 points, while Sebastian Giovinco (TOR, $12.

Re-drafting the Union: Part Two

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This is the second and final installment of a series imagining what the Union would look like had previous SuperDrafts gone differently. Here's part one.

2013 - Round 2, Pick 7 (26th Overall) Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Devon Sandoval, Forward, New Mexico

Original Pick: Don Anding, Forward, Northeastern

Perhaps more disappointing than any pick the Union had made up to this point was the decision to trade the No.

Union drop preseason opener, US tops Canada, more news

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UNion rotate use 31 players in 1-0 loss to Jacksonville. Altidore scores in 89th minute as US defeats Canada. More news.

The SBI Show: Episode 241 (Previewing USA-St. Vincent; special guest Walker Zimmerman)

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The U.S. Men's National Team kicks off World Cup qualifying tonight in St. Louis and the latest episode of The SBI Show breaks down the clash with St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Episode 241 of The SBI Show takes a closer look at Friday's qualifier, including potential lineup options for Jurgen Klinsmann.

FC Dallas defender Walker Zimmerman learned much as a rookie

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FRISCO Injuries cost Walker Zimmerman much of last season, but the second-year FC Dallas defender takes plenty of positives away from a rookie campaign where he scored two goals in seven games.

Zimmerman, 20, missed the first 10 games recovering from a groin injury. He made his MLS debut May 11, 2013 against DC United and scored his first MLS goal June 22 against Sporting Kansas City.

FCD Numerology: No. 25, a.k.a. the Golden Years

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Since the 25th anniversary is associated with gold, what better tie-in to have to players who have worn No. 25 for the Dallas Burn/FC Dallas? Rookie center back Walker Zimmerman, FCD's top pick in the 2013 MLS Super Draft, currently wears those digits for the club. But here's a look at those who have worn them in the past.

Quote Sheet: Portland Timbers vs FC Dallas, USOC

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Schellas Hyndman, FC Dallas head coach
General thoughts on the match...
It was really disappointing. I wish we could have gotten another goal. The longer the game was going, the more [Portland] was building confidence. They put us under pressure at the end of the first half with some services and in the second half, we came out and just made some uncharacteristic mistakes in the back that led to the defeat.