Three Nashville SC players named to Gold Cup rosters

NASHVILLE, TN – Three Nashville SC players will represent their countries at the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup. Walker Zimmerman, Alistair Johnston and Aníbal Godoy have been named to the final rosters for the regions top international competition, set to kick off in early June.

Walker Zimmerman was named to Gregg Berhalter’s squad, and was subsequently named as a starter alongside Miles Robinson in his press conference. Zimmerman has earned 14 international caps, including playing the second half against Costa Rica in their post-Nations League friendly in June.

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Alistair Johnston has been called up by Canada. The 22-year-old defender has earned five caps since his debut in January 2021, including starting their last pair of qualifiers against Haiti.

Aníbal Godoy remains a mainstay for Panama, where he’s amassed over 100 caps, including a start against Mexico in Wednesday night’s friendly.

Randall Leal was named to Costa Rica’s preliminary 25-man roster, but was not named to the final squad for the tournament. He has been one of Nashville’s most consistent performers thus far in MLS, and staying with his club side will be a major boost to a team already missing three starters.

The three players will leave following Saturday’s home match against third-placed Philadelphia Union. The group stage will run from July 11-18 for the U.S. and Canada, and from July 13-20 for Panama, meaning they’ll at least miss home matches against Atlanta and Chicago, and potentially away to Columbus depending on travel. Depending on how far the three sides advance, they could be unavailable for a home match against Cincinnati as well as a road trip to Toronto.

Nashville SC continue their five match home stand with a match against Philadelphia on Saturday evening at Nissan Stadium.

Author: Ben Wrightis the Director of Soccer Content and a Senior MLS Contributor for Broadway Sports covering Nashville SC and the US National Team. Previously Ben was the editor and a founder of Speedway Soccer, where he has covered Nashville SC and their time in USL before journeying to Major League Soccer since 2018. Raised in Louisville, KY Ben grew up playing before a knee injury ended his competitive career. When he is not talking soccer he is probably producing music, drinking coffee or hanging out with his wife and kids. Mastodon

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