|Full name||Preston Mark Zimmerman|
|Date of birth||November 21, 1988|
|Place of birth||Pasco, Washington, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|2004–2006||IMG Soccer Academy|
|2006–2007||Hibernian & Caledonian|
|2007–2008||Hamburger SV II||36||(9)|
|2010–2011||Mainz 05 II||44||(10)|
|2011–2013||SV Darmstadt 98||64||(12)|
|2013–2016||TSV Schott Mainz||28||(17)|
|2007||United States U20||10||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:33, July 7, 2016 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of May 16, 2013
Preston Mark Zimmerman (born November 21, 1988) is a retired American soccer player.
As an 18-year-old, Zimmerman joined the German team Hamburger SV, where he spent most of his time with Hamburg's reserve team. As a striker, Zimmerman played 14 games and scored three goals for the reserves during the 2006–2007 season. 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.
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. 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.
SV Darmstadt 98
On June 2, 2011, it was announced that Zimmerman would be joining recently promoted 3. 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.
TSV Schott Mainz
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.
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.[better source needed]
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- Schröder, Torben (May 4, 2014). "Polonaise übers Schott-Gelände". FuPa.net (in German). Retrieved July 7, 2016.
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- Blickenstaff, Brian (August 28, 2014). "The Making And Unmaking Of Preston Zimmerman, American Soccer Player". Deadspin. Retrieved July 7, 2016.