Dec 14, 2007

Preston Zimmerman Gets Contract Upgrade From Hamburg

Nineteen year-old Pasco, Wash., native Preston Zimmerman has been signed as a so-called Lizensspieler by his team Hamburg SV, according to a statement by the Bundesliga club. I'm not entirely sure what this means. The literal translation is "licensed player" so perhaps this means he's now a member of the first team, or is eligible for first team action? I sent an email to HSV's flack. Maybe he'll get back to me with some more info. Or maybe somebody can explain it?

Zimmerman has been at Hamburg since the start of the year and has played in 32 goals for the reserve team, scoring nine goals. He played for the U.S. Under-17 national team and was a last-minute addition to the U-20 roster at last summer world championships in Canada, though it doesn't look like he played at all. He's also been called into next month's camp for the U.S. Olympic team.

Photo taken without permission from Hamburg's Web site.


  1. yes, he can now partake in games of the first team.

  2. He could always have played with the first team, but as a licensed player his salary is assigned to the first team, and there are some restrictions on how many games/ how many players for reserve matches.