Men's Soccer's Zimmerman MVP of NASL Carolina RailHawks
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Oct.
2, 2012 -- Former James Madison soccer player Nick Zimmerman (2005-08)
has been selected the Most Valuable Player and offensive MVP for the Carolina
RailHawks of the North American Soccer League.
Zimmerman led the RailHawks and was second in the NASL in scoring with 15 goals
in regular-season play. He trailed San
Antonio's Pablo Campos, who won the NASL Golden Boot Award after scoring 20
goals in 2012.
"Anytime you can score fifteen goals out of the midfield position you
should be worth a lot of money and you should be playing at a high level
because that is invaluable," said Colin Clarke, the RailHawks' head coach,
in an MLSReserves.com feature story on Zimmerman. "Strikers are paid that amount of money
to score goals. Nick has a great achievement. He's here for practices, games
with a smile on his face and it's being rewarded."
The RailHawks beat Fort Lauderdale 3-1 in the opening round of the NASL
playoffs on Sept. 28. The Fort
Lauderdale goalkeeper in that game was former JMU goalie Matt Glaeser (2003-05).
Glaeser had 108 saves in regular-season play and ranked second in saves
in the NASL this year.
Zimmerman is in his second year with the RailHawks, and Glaeser is in his third
season with the Strikers.
Carolina will host the first leg of a home-and-home series against the Tampa
Bay Rowdies on Oct. 6, and the second game of the NASL semifinals is scheduled for
Oct. 13 at Tampa Bay.
The NASL semifinal and final rounds are a two-game series, with each team
playing at home once and the team with the greater number of aggregate goals in
both games winning each series.
Zimmerman (JMU '09) was a four-year midfield
starter at JMU. He earned
All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors as a senior in 2008 and was a two-time All-Colonial
Athletic Association selection (2007, 2008).
He previously played for the New York Red Bulls (2009) and Philadelphia
Union (2010) of Major League Soccer.
Glaeser was a reserve goalkeeper at JMU for three seasons (2003-05). He finished his collegiate career at Hartford,
where he was the America East Conference and NSCAA Northeast Region Goalkeeper
of the Year in 2007.