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Nashville SC spends big to acquire Walker Zimmerman from LAFC

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Nashville SC have acquired U.S. men’s national team central defender Walker Zimmerman from Los Angeles FC in one of the biggest blockbuster trades of the Major League Soccer offseason.

LAFC will receive $1 million in allocation money and an international roster spot from Nashville for the 26-year-old’s services.

The Athletic first reported on the trade Tuesday morning.

This transaction breaks up an LAFC defensive corps that surrendered the second-fewest goals in MLS last season. That said, the resources Los Angeles has coming its way – not only the cash and international roster spot, but also the $600,000 in salary cap relief from Zimmerman’s guaranteed compensation – should give the defending Supporters’ Shield winners plenty of capital to find someone new to help anchor their back line.