It depends on whom you speak to.
Zimmerman's teammate and assist man Niko Hämäläinen wasn't convinced either way -- “I didn’t see a deflection. I’m not sure,” he said after the match -- and his head coach was equally undecided though he had a suspicion:
“I’m not sure. It might have. It’s possible," LAFC head coach Bob Bradley said postgame. "But from where I was, I couldn’t tell for sure. But it definitely might have just altered the way the ball moved.”
SeatGeek has great deals for future MLS matchesGET TICKETS Official Ticketing Partner of Major League Soccer
Real Salt Lake defender Donny Toia had no doubt, calling it a "crappy deflection," and the author of the goal was in his camp.
“It did take a little deflection on the way in," Zimmerman admitted after the match.
Deflection or not, the goal belongs to the 25-year-old US national team center back, who last year matched a career high with four goals in black and gold.
“I was joking afterward with Walker -- if anybody’s going to beat us, an American international, a center back having a shot from the top of the 18, I’ll take that," Real Salt Lake head coach and former MLS center back Mike Petke said.