By Ben Wright (@benwright), editor.
NASHVILLE, TN - Nashville SC have acquired defender Walker Zimmerman from Los Angeles FC, according to a report from Paul Tenorio.
Per Tenorio's report, Nashville have sent a 2020 international roster spot, and Kevin Baxter confirmed that LAFC will receive more than the league record of $1 million in allocation money as part of the deal.
Zimmerman, 26, has been a core part of LAFC's success in their first two seasons, playing 59 of the club's 78 matches. LAFC acquired Zimmerman ahead of their inaugural season in a trade with FC Dallas, which saw $500,000 in allocation money go the other way. Zimmerman has been a regular member of the US Men's National Team, earning 12 caps since 2017.
Zimmerman signed a new four year contract with Los Angeles in January 2019, and was named to Major League Soccer's Best XI after the 2019 season. Zimmerman is a commanding central defender at 6'3", and is more than capable of playing the ball out of the back, a minimum requirement for center backs in Bob Bradley's LAFC system.
Nashville are clearly investing heavily in defense, which appears to be a sound strategy after expansion sides like Minnesota United and FC Cincinnati leaked goals in their first years. The addition of Zimmerman is a massive step towards a strong defense, and at just 26 years old, he has the potential to be a fixture in the team for years to come.
More to come on this story once the trade is official.