The one big 'saga' if you will of this offseason with FC Dallas may be centered around defender Walker Zimmerman. The club saw his original deal with MLS - a Generation adidas contract - end after the 2015 season.
Now there are talks that Zimmerman is heading overseas to gage his interest with clubs in the Scandinavian region.
I'm told Walker Zimmerman is on a flight to Europe to explore options in Scandinavia. #FCDallas— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) January 20, 2016
Additional reports suggest that he is on trial with Norwegian side Viking FK.
(Via @FRfotballPerry) Walker Zimmerman on trial with Viking, while fellow American AJ Soares is looking for a way out of the club.— Kristan Heneage (@KHeneage) January 20, 2016
The club offered Zimmerman a new deal but the two sides have yet to come to an agreement with talks of playing time being an issue. Zimmerman played in 20 games last season, the most he has had in his three-year career as a professional. He came up huge for FCD in the playoffs, helping the club advance over Seattle in the conference finals with one goal in the final moments of regulation and then another to win the penalty shootout.
If Zimmerman is moving on, this comes at the heels of reports that the club is looking at a 'national-team caliber' center back. Adding another center back would cut into Zimmerman's playing time but in a busy year that FCD will have in 2016, one has to wonder if the playing time demands is really a thing. Games in the Champions League and Open Cup will easily open up plenty of playing time to go into the 34 game regular season slate.
What do you all make of Zimmerman possibly leaving this winter? Do you think FCD can make a move to keep him?