The 23-year-old center back played the full 90 minutes in his first cap for his country and drew constant praise from analysts Landon Donovan and Stuart Holden for his consistent and steady play in his debut. Seattle Sounders strike Jordan Morris found the back of the net in the 59th minute to help the U.S. claim the victory in the second and final match of its January camp as head coach Bruce Arena turns his attention toward selecting a team for crucial March World Cup qualifying matches versus Honduras and Panama.
A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., Zimmerman earned NSCAA All-American honors as a Paladin in 2011 and 2012 before being selected seventh overall by FC Dallas in the 2013 MLS Super Draft. He played in and started 30 matches for his club this past season, helping FC Dallas claim the MLS' Supporters Shield. The 6-foot-3 center back netted four goals on the season.
He was among a 32-man roster selected by Arena for the January Camp in Carson, Calif., that began on Jan. 10, to train for more than two weeks. Zimmerman made enough of an impression on the national team's boss to earn a spot in the 23-man squad for friendlies against both Serbia and Jamaica.
Zimmerman is among five former Paladins playing in MLS, including Clint Dempsey with the Seattle Sounders, Shea Salinas with the San Jose Earthquakes, Ricardo Clark of the Houston Dynamo and goalkeeper Alec Kann, who was recently drafted by Atlanta United FC in the expansion draft after playing last season for Sporting Kansas City.