ATLANTA, GEORGIA— Three metro Atlanta residents were chosen for the American men’s national squad that will compete in the World Cup in Qatar. Manager Gregg Berhalter chose Shaq Moore (Powder Springs), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville), and Sean Johnson (Lilburn), whose selections were made public on Wednesday.

Johnson, 33, has worked as a goalie for Major League Soccer his whole career. He has appeared in 355 games for Chicago and NYCFC, helping the latter team won the MLS Cup in 2021. He has played 10 times for the United States. As a centerback in Major League Soccer, Zimmerman, 29, has made 217 appearances for Dallas, LAFC, and Nashville. In 2020 and ’21, he received the MLS Defender of the Year award. He has played 33 times for the United States.

Moore, 26, is a teammate of Walker Zimmerman’s in Nashville, SC, which would provide the USMNT with consistency and familiarity along a back line that needs it. Moore has 15 national team appearances under his belt after making his debut in a 2018 exhibition match against Ireland. He was pivotal to the Americans’ 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup victory and was most recently called up for four 2022 World Cup qualifying games.

Although Moore spent some time in the FC Dallas academy when he was younger before moving to Europe, he spent most of his professional career there before joining Nashville during the summer. Zimmerman is anticipated to start. Cameron Carter-Vickers of Celtic, Tim Ream of Fulham, and Aaron Long of the New York Red Bulls were also chosen as center-backs.

A.C. will go off against Moore. Sergino Dest of Milan, Antonee Robinson of Fulham, DeAndre Yedlin of Inter Miami, and Joe Scally of Borussia Monchengladbach are vying for one of the two fullback positions.
Ethan Horvath, a player for Luton Town in the English second level, and Matt Turner, an Arsenal backup, will be Johnson’s rivals.

Brenden Aaronson of Leeds United, Kellyn Acosta of LAFC, Tyler Adams of Leeds United, Luca de la Torre of Celta Vigo, Weston McKennie of Juventus, Yunus Musah of Valencia, and Cristian Roldan of Seattle were all chosen as midfielders. The forwards chosen were Jess Ferreira of Dallas, Jordan Morris of Seattle, Christian Pulisic of Chelsea, Gio Reyna of Borussia Dortmund, Josh Sargent of Norwich, Tim Weah of Lille, and Haji Wright of Antalyaspor. The American World Cup squad’s average age is 25 years, 175 days, making it the second youngest in history. In MLS, there are nine players.