MLS: Nashville SC agrees with its two stars

Midfielder Hany Mukhtar and defender Walker Zimmerman, two Major League Soccer (MLS) stars last year, both received multi-year contract extensions on Friday.

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Mukhtar, who holds Designated Player status, will hold a contract until the end of 2026, while Zimmerman, who received the tag from majority owner John Ingram on Friday, will stay at Tennessee until 2025.

The destinies of the two athletes have been linked since they combined their efforts to register the first goal in the history of the club in Major League Soccer (MLS), on February 29, 2020. Since then, they have progressed until being selected together on the eleven of stars of the circuit at the end of the last campaign.

“These two guys have the right mix of leadership and talent, both on and off the court. Ensuring that these pillars of the club were kept intact until 2025 was a high priority,” Ingram said at a press conference.

In 58 games in Nashville, Mukhtar had 26 goals and 20 assists. The 27-year-old German finished behind Carles Gil of the New England Revolution for the MLS Most Valuable Player award last season.

Zimmerman has been voted Defender of the Year for the past two campaigns. The center back helped Nashville go undefeated at home in 2021 and record a game-high 13 shutouts. A sometimes captain with the United States national team, he helped the country clinch qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

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