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ATLANTA, GEORGIA—The three metro Atlanta residents chosen to be part of the United States Men’s Soccer team in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are hopeful their selection will inspire more kids here to play soccer and dream of becoming part of USMNT in the future.

Manager Gregg Berhalter chose Shaq Moore (Powder Springs), Walker Zimmerman (Lawrenceville), and Sean Johnson (Lilburn), whose selections were made public on Wednesday. Zimmerman, who will likely start at centerback, expressed his pleasure at the opportunity to represent metro Atlanta. The 29-year-old has played 33 times for the United States.

He remarked, “I hope we can inspire kids the way that, you know, Clint Mathis from Georgia inspired us. So being able to motivate others and promote your hometown is just a remarkable aspect of your profession, you know? Moore’s route wasn’t as straightforward as Johnson and Zimmerman, who attended college after graduating from Brookwood High School—Zimmerman at Furman and Johnson at Central Florida—before being selected by MLS teams.

Moore relocated from Powder Springs to attend IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where Atlanta United has held two preseason training camps. After that, Moore started working out with Dallas, which selected Zimmerman in the 2013 draft, and then he moved to Spain, where he played for different clubs. During the most recent season, he was moved from Nashville to Tenerife in the second tier. Moore, 26, has represented the United States in 15 games. Being able to represent the South is fantastic. He added that inspiring young people who dream of getting an opportunity by showing them that two players from their home countries can play in the World Cup is fantastic.