2013 Rookie Watch: Zimmerman Gets Last Laugh

2013 Rookie Watch: Zimmerman Gets Last Laugh

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 25, 2013
  • 2013 MLS Season, 2013 Rookie Watch, 2013 Week 17, Features, Walker Zimmerman
Walker Zimmerman is making an impact in Dallas. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Walker Zimmerman is making an impact in Dallas. (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

A lot of the talk last week surrounding the US U-20 national squad in their World Cup matches in Turkey was why head coach Tab Ramos elected not to bring FC Dallas rookie defender Walker Zimmerman. The rookie had been carrying some injuries so Ramos did what he had to do, and left the young defender off his roster.

Well, the loss to Spain spoke for itself and while the US did better against France yesterday in the 1-1 draw there was still a ponder from some as to how things would have been with Zimmerman on the team.

For Dallas fans it doesn’t matter. Zimmerman came into their game over the weekend with Sporting KC as a halftime sub for the injured Matt Hedges. Zimmerman quickly made an impact on the game and eventually put himself into good spots on free kicks when Dallas was charging for a goal in the late stages of the game. His good positioning got him on the end of a David Ferreira free kick in the 88th minute to tie the game at two goals apiece.

Elsewhere, Homegrown forward Gyasi Zardes scored the game’s only goal between the Galaxy and Chivas USA. It was Zardes’ second goal of the season and first in the SuperClasico.

Here is how the rest of the rookies did in Week 16.

Week 16 Minutes:

90 Adam Jahn (San Jose)
90 Jonathan Osorio (Toronto)
90 Carlos Salcedo (Real Salt Lake)
90 Deshorn Brown (Colorado)
90 Dillion Powers (Colorado)
90 Carlos Alvarez (Chivas USA)
88 Chad Barson (Columbus)
87 Gyasi Zardes (LA) – 1 goal
45 Walker Zimmerman (Dallas) – 1 goal
1 Taylor Kemp (DC)

*Made MLS Debut

Total minutes for the season:

Homegrown Players:

DeAndre Yedlin (Seattle) 1,079 minutes, 1 assist
Scott Caldwell (New England) 695 minutes
Armando Moreno (New York) 2 minutes
Jonathan Osorio (Toronto) 493 minutes, 3 goals
London Woodberry (FC Dallas) 328 minutes
Maxim Tissot (Montreal) 92 minutes
Wandrille Lefevre (Montreal) 36 minutes
Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy) 472 minutes – 2 goals
Carlos Salcedo (Real Salt Lake) 361 minutes
Chad Barson (Columbus) 358 minutes

SuperDraft picks:

#1 Andrew Farrell (New England) 1,193 minutes 1 assist
#2 Carlos Alvarez (Chivas) 800, 1 goal
#3 Kyle Bekker (Toronto  FC) 123 minutes
#4 Kekuta Manneh (Vancouver) 176 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist
#5 Erik Hurtado (Vancouver) 410 minutes, 1 assist
#6 Deshorn Brown (Colorado) 1,056 minutes, 2 goals, 3 assists
#7 Walker Zimmerman (FC Dallas) 141 minutes – 1 goal
#8 Blake Smith (Montreal) 92 minutes – 1 goal
#9 Ryan Finley (Columbus) 38 minutes
#10 Eriq Zavaleta (Seattle) 6 minutes
#11 Dillon Powers (Colorado) 1,201 minutes, 2 goal, 1 assist
#12 John Stertzer (Real Salt Lake) 33 minutes
#13 Jason Johnson (Houston) 106 minutes
#16 Emery Welshman (Toronto FC) 5 minutes
#17 Taylor Kemp (DC United) 80 minutes
#19 Charlie Rugg (LA Galaxy) 128 minutes, 1 goal
#21 Donnie Smith (New England) 53 minutes
#29 Devon Sandoval (Real Salt Lake) 526 minutes – 1 goal
#30 Yazid Atouba (Chicago Fire) 55 minutes
#38 Greg Cochrane (LA Galaxy) 668 minutes

Supplemental Picks:

Adam Jahn (San Jose) 744 minutes, 4 goals
Taylor Morgan (Toronto FC) 15 minutes
Leonardo Fernandes (Philadelphia) 1 minute