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Jason Minnick

Q&A: FC Dallas draft pick Walker Zimmerman

FCDallas.com chatted with defender Walker Zimmerman at the SuperDraft after he was selected by FC Dallas with the No. 7 pick. Here are his thoughts on a range of topics.

On getting drafted in the top 10:

This was a really humbling experience for me. I’m just happy to be a part of FC Dallas, really happy to be a part of MLS and this draft. It’s a crazy day. You just never know what to expect.

On joining a team that values him:

It’s definitely exciting. I want to play for the team that wants me the most. There’s always mock drafts and everything (predicting teams). But, when FC Dallas selected me, I was really happy.

On the city of Dallas:

I’ve been to Dallas a few times. Always for soccer though, so I’ve been to the city, but haven’t had that much time to tour around. I know my mom and dad actually lived there for a few years.

On what he thinks he can bring to the team at center back:

I don’t know much about (the FC Dallas back line) coming in. I know Matt Hedges is there and so I’m excited to compete for a starting spot and learn from the veterans on the team, kind of learning the ropes and that will be a good experience for me as well.

On Schellas Hyndman:

I’m looking forward to learning from him, learning more about his system and seeing where I can fit in.

On playing with the U-20s and new FCD teammate Jonathan Top:

I know Jonathan Top. We met first at U-18 camp, so we’re good friends. We were roommates actually on one trip. I know he’s with the U-20s right now in Mexico, so I wish him the best of luck and I’m excited to be his teammate.

Goals in mind for rookie season:

I just want to get there and work hard and learn from my veteran teammates. I’m just going to try and make Dallas home and do my best to get on the field and to play well and do all I can.

This is the day we’ve all been looking forward to for quite some time. It’s a dream. It really is. I know everyone always says it’s a dream come true, but it really is. So, I’m definitely excited to have ended my youth career and take my talents to FC Dallas and start a pro career. I’m really excited.