June 22, 2013

Zimmerman Nets Dramatic First Professional Goal

Greenville, S.C. -- Former Furman Paladin Walker Zimmerman scored his first professional goal, a header in the 90th minute, to help FC Dallas earn a 2-2 draw versus Sporting Kansas City and extend its 13-match home unbeaten streak on Saturday night in Frisco, Texas.

After coming on as a substitute to begin the second half, Zimmerman helped FC Dallas rally from a 2-0 deficit as he became Major League Soccer's 1,000th goal scorer in league history.  Zimmerman, who earned Southern Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2011 and was named Furman Male Athlete of the Year in May, beat his defender to the top of the six-yard box on a corner kick in the final seconds and headed his shot off of the outstretched hand of the Sporting KC goalkeeper to tally his first goal in the league in just his fourth appearance for the club.

A 2012 College Soccer News and NSCAA All-American selection, Zimmerman tallied 11 goals and totaled five assists as a two-year starter for the Paladins at center back.  The Lawrenceville, Ga., native got a late start to the 2013 campaign due to injury that also caused him to be left off of the United States' U-20 National Team roster for this month's World Cup in Turkey.

Zimmerman, who earned his first start versus San Jose earlier this month, was taken by FC Dallas as the seventh overall pick in January's MLS SuperDraft.

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