Brookwood grad Walker Zimmerman, who just finished his sophomore season at Furman, has signed a Generation Adidas contract with Major League Soccer. He is projected to be a top pick in the upcoming MLS Draft (Photo: Furman University)
Another Gwinnett County soccer player, and another Brookwood Bronco, is a Generation Adidas signee.
Walker Zimmerman, a 19-year-old central defender who finished his sophomore season at Furman, has signed with the Generation Adidas program, which offers contracts that encourage younger player to enter Major League Soccer. The league and Adidas are partners in the program.
Zimmerman, projected by some as the top pick in the Jan. 17 MLS SuperDraft, is the second Gwinnett product in the Generation Adidas program, joining fellow Brookwood grad Sean Johnson. Johnson signed the Adidas deal in 2010 and now is the starting goalkeeper for the MLS' Chicago Fire. Parkview grad Josh Wolff, a two-time World Cup participant, was part of the program's predecessor, Project 40, a Nike-sponsored deal.
Johnson was a fourth-round selection in the MLS SuperDraft, but Zimmerman projects much higher. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder has played with the U.S. Youth National Team program since the under-14 level. He had six goals and three assists during an All-American sophomore season and played regularly this year with the U.S. Under-20 National Team that will go through U-20 World Cup qualifying in 2013.
Top Drawer Soccer projected Zimmerman as the No. 1 overall pick to Toronto FC in a mock draft last month. It also predicted that former Greater Atlanta Christian standout Chris Thomas, the nation's leading scorer this past season for Elon, will go No. 7 overall to FC Dallas.