Preston Zimmerman

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Preston Zimmerman
Personal information
Full name Preston Mark Zimmerman[1]
Date of birth (1988-11-21) November 21, 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Pasco, Washington, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Winger
Youth career
0000–2004 Crossfire Premier
2004–2006 IMG Soccer Academy
2006–2007 Hibernian & Caledonian
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Hamburger SV II 36 (9)
2008–2009 Kapfenberger SV 21 (3)
2010–2011 Mainz 05 II 44 (10)
2011–2013 SV Darmstadt 98 64 (12)
Total 165 (34)
National team
2007 United States U20 10 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of May 16, 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 16, 2013

Preston Mark Zimmerman (born November 21, 1988) is an American Association football player.

Personal life[edit]

Zimmerman was born in Auburn, Washington. He attended McLoughlin Middle School in Pasco, Washington.

Club career[edit]

Hamburg SV[edit]

As an 18-year-old, Zimmerman joined the German team Hamburger SV, where he spent most of his time with Hamburg's reserve team.[2] As a striker, Zimmerman played 13 games and scored three goals during the 2006–2007 season.[3] Zimmerman was originally signed while he was only 17 but the contract didn't become official until he turned 18, skirting FIFA's rules on foreign transfers by minors.[4]

Kapfenberger SV[edit]

After a trial stint at Belgian club Cercle Brugge, it was announced on August 29, 2008, that Zimmerman was sold to the newly promoted Austrian Bundesliga club Kapfenberger SV, where he signed a two-year deal.[5] Zimmerman made his Austrian Bundesliga debut as a second-half substitute in a losing effort to SK Austria Kärnten, and scored his first goal for KSV on November 22 against Austrian giants Red Bull Salzburg.

Mainz 05[edit]

On January 21, 2010, he returned to Germany, signing an amateur contract for FSV Mainz 05, where he played for the reserve team.[6]

SV Darmstadt 98[edit]

On June 2, 2011, it was announced that Zimmerman would be joining recently promoted 3rd Liga side SV Darmstadt. After two seasons with the club, Zimmerman left the club on June 17, 2013 with the plan to retire and return to school.[7]

International career[edit]

Zimmerman was a last-minute addition to the U.S. team at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Canada following an injury to Johann Smith, but he did not see any playing time. He has since been called up to U-23 camps.

USMNT Controversy[edit]

Zimmerman made news with his comments regarding the selection of certain players by Jürgen Klinsmann whom Zimmerman considered to be "fake Americans". However it has been pointed out that many of the players active on the USMNT prior to Klinsmann's takeover hold dual nationality as well.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 23. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Preston Zimmermann". Yanks Abroad. Retrieved June 9, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Preston Zimmerman". worldfootball.net. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  4. ^ Canales, Andrea (September 18, 2006). "At home in Hamburg". ESPNsoccernet – Americans Abroad. Retrieved June 9, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Preston Zimmerman wechselt nach Kapfenberg". Hamburger SV (in German). August 29, 2008. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Mainz 05 II: Zimmermann erhält Vertrag/Markowitz geht" (in German). 1. FSV Mainz 05. January 21, 2010. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.socceroverthere.com/?p=13407
  8. ^ "Preston Zimmerman is an Idiot". broadstreethooligans.wordpress.com. Retrieved January 6, 2012. 

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