Indianapolis, Ind. – FC Dallas tabbed Furman University sophomore Walker Zimmerman as the No. 7 overall selection in Thursday afternoon's Major League Soccer SuperDraft at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
The center back, who inked a Generation adidas contract with MLS earlier this month, tallied six goals and adding three assists while helping the Paladins to a 12-4-3 record this past season. Zimmerman, who also became a regular in the United States U-20 National Team's lineup in 2012, earned College Soccer News All-American First Team honors, NSCAA All-American Second Team accolades and was a member of the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season. A two-time All-Southern Conference pick, Zimmerman finished his Paladin career with 11 goals and five assists in two seasons.
"I am definitely excited to be joining the FC Dallas orginization," said Zimmerman. "It's a dream come true. Today marks the end of my youth career and the beginning of my professional career. It's a great day!"
A Lawrenceville, Ga., native, Zimmerman joins a FC Dallas side that posted a 9-13-12 record and finished sixth in MLS' Western Conference during the 2011-12 season. A charter member of MLS in 1995, FC Dallas reached the MLS Cup in 2010 after claiming the Western Conference championship.
"I'm really pleased for Walker to be selected by FC Dallas," said Furman head coach Doug Allison. "He's represented Furman with class on and off the field over the last two years and I know he will do the same in Dallas."
The eighth different Furman product to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft since 2000, Zimmerman is the first Paladin chosen since Shea Salinas and Jon Leathers were both taken in the second round of the 2008 draft. Former Paladin and current Houston Dynamo midfielder Ricardo Clark was Furman's highest selection, going as the No. 2 overall pick to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 2003. Tottenham Hotspur and U.S. National Team standout Clint Dempsey, was the eighth overall selection in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft following his junior year at Furman.
FC Dallas opens the 2012-13 season at home versus the Colorado Rapids on March 2.
Furman In The MLS Draft
Name Year Rd./Pick Team
Daniel Alvarez 2000 4th N.Y./N.J. MetroStars
Seth Marks 2000 5th FC Dallas
Daniel Alvarez 2002 3rd Colorado Rapids
J. Barry Nusum 2002 3rd Columbus Crew
Ricardo Clark 2003 1st/#2 N.Y./N.J. MetroStars
Clint Dempsey 2004 1st/#8 New England Revolution
Shea Salinas 2008 2nd/#15 San Jose Earthquakes
Jon Leathers 2008 2nd/#25 Sporting Kansas City
Walker Zimmerman 2013 1st/#7 FC Dallas