Zimmerman answered a few questions by telephone ahead of Sunday’s game.
Q: How is your season going? I know you experienced an unfortunate injury.
A: Been going pretty well. One knock in the summer with the MCL that took a while. I was playing after 5 1/2 weeks. That’s been the only major knock this summer.
Q: Are you progressing professionally in a pace that satisfies you?
A: For me, the next step is with the international level and getting involved with the national team. It was great getting my foot in the door in January.
The injury came at a bad time for the Gold Cup.
But I hope to finish strong and make a case next summer for the World Cup.
Q: What is the key to the game on Sunday?
A: We have to be aggressive from the start. There will be opportunities to get in behind their back line. But when we are committing numbers in the attack, we have to make sure we are organized.
Atlanta United is very good in transition and has very good speed.
Q: So, are your family and friends fans of Atlanta United or Dallas?
A: For sure Dallas fans. Our friendship and blood take precedence over fandom.
Q: So, there’s no secret closet with Atlanta United gear?
A: My friends have Atlanta United stuff. My family does not. A lot of my friends have jerseys with Atlanta United.
Q: Have you seen Mercedes-Benz Stadium?
A: I’ve seen the virtual tour. Had some friends went to a college football game. I can’t wait to see it in person.
Q: What has happened to Dallas’ season? Yall started well, hit a lull but seem to be gaining traction again.
A: It was just a bunch of different things. Injuries came up a little bit. International duty for a lot of players. All of these things lead to inconsistences within the lineup. It’s difficult when you are rotating players every week.
Now we have everyone back.
There’s a little bit of international duty ahead of us in October.
For the most part and everyone is back and healthy and that will be key to having a successful run at the MLS cup.
Q: What do you think about having an MLS team in Atlanta?
A: It’s going to be so cool to go back for that exact reason. Because there were no professional teams in the southeast we could never go to a game in person. For kids and youth players to have a chance to support a team that is crushing right now on the field and in the stands, I’m sure it’s fun for them to support Atlanta United.