Former Player Profile: Nick Zimmerman

Posted on 01 March 2010 by Breton Bonnette

Position: Midfielder/Forward

Born: May 3, 1987

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Height: 6’0″

Weight: 184

Previous Club: New York Red Bulls

College: James Madison University

Salary: $40,000 (2010), $20,100 (2009)

How acquired: Drafted by the Union on November 25, 2009 in the Expansion Draft

Originally drafted 44th (3rd Round) by the New York Red Bulls in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft

Stats

2010 with Philadelphia: 8 games, 1 start, 159 minutes

2009 with RBNY: 11 games, 0 goals, 0 assists

Media Scouting Report

Zimmerman’s balance of exuberance and poise in the middle gave supporters a sense of optimism for the future. He has a quick step, a good first touch and the rare ability as a youngster to find the open seam” – Dave Martinez, Red Bulls, The Offside

“Players like Jacobson, Knighton, Salinas and Zimmerman will determine whether the expansion draft reaps significant benefits or merely provides a stepping stone for a more perfect Union somewhere down the line” – Kyle McCarthy, Goal.com

Zimmerman is a fast and determined midfielder with an underrated shot and the drive to potentially develop into an impact player. He showed great promise in the middle of a terrible season for New York, but eventually fell out of favor later in the year. He’s definitely one to watch” – Ives Galarcep, Soccer by Ives

Did you know?

Nick has an “obsession with his shoes” – New York Times

He would like to use Major League Soccer, ideally, as a “stepping stone” – St. Petersburg Times

If he’s not playing soccer…he’s golfing. – ASN Philly

His favorite international club is Manchester United.

Zimmerman in college, playing for JMU.

Fan Scouting Reports

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ASN Philly Interview

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  1. 2010 Philadelphia Union Season Preview: Are you ready for the ride? | American Soccer News Says:

    […] Nick Zimmerman and Shea Salinas (MR/ML, wingers) Guys like Zimmerman and Salinas are poised for breakout years if given the time (and that’s one thing I am adamant about this season). They both provided pace and a creative spark to anemic attacks last season and with another year of experience and an improvement in consistency, these guys could wind up being the studs of the squad in 2010. That along with the development of these five new rookies would give the Union and unbelievably talented youth foundation to build off of. Salinas and Zimmerman’s spots are by no means safe as Roger Torres did enough to grab a contract, he could very well grab that starting spot (18-year old or not). […]

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