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Walker Zimmerman re-signs with FC Dallas

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Lawrenceville, GA native Walker Zimmerman is sticking with FC Dallas for the 2016 MLS season. The 22-year-old centerback went to Norwary to trail during the winter, but has decided to return to MLS. The club announced that he's re-signed, however no details of the contract were revealed.

Zimmerman played in 20 matches last season, starting 10 of them. He is probably best known for his heroics in the Western Conference semifinal matchup with the Seattle Sounders in November. The defender scored an aggregate-tying goal late in the match to eventually send the knockout affair into penalties. He then took it upon himself to blast the match-clinching penalty past Stefan Frei to send his team to the Conference finals. He soon became an internet sensation for his 'blank stare' celebration after scoring the penalty.

Depending on how long the contract is signed for, it's not crazy to think that Atlanta United could be targeting the defender in the next offseason for its inaugural roster. Having some local talent on the roster could only help in terms of marketing. It' unlikely that Zimmerman will be a starter for FC Dallas and could probably be pried away from the Western conference club.