Sal Zizzo

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Sal Zizzo
Personal information
Full name Salvatore Zizzo Jr.[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-03) April 3, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Sporting Kansas City
Youth career
2005–2006 UCLA Bruins
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Orange County Blue Star 13 (5)
2007–2010 Hannover 96 II 35 (7)
2007–2010 Hannover 96 8 (0)
2009 Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 0 (0)
2010 Chivas USA 10 (0)
2011–2013 Portland Timbers 60 (2)
2014– Sporting Kansas City 19 (0)
National team
2007 United States U20 5 (0)
2008 United States U23 2 (0)
2007 United States 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of October 28, 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of March 30, 2010

Salvatore "Sal" Zizzo Jr. (born April 3, 1987) is an American soccer player who plays for Sporting Kansas City of Major League Soccer.


Youth and amateur[edit]

Zizzo attended Patrick Henry High School, where he played soccer and baseball. As a baseball center fielder, he was a four-year letterman and voted first-team All-CIF his junior year. He also excelled in soccer, he was voted All-CIF honors four years straight (2002–05).[2] He played club soccer for Hotspurs USA (El Cajon, CA), and was a member of his region's Olympic Development Program (ODP) team. Zizzo then went on to play two years of college soccer at UCLA. At UCLA he was an NCSAA/adidas All-American as a freshman in 2005.[3] Zizzo was also selected as Pac10 Freshman Player of the Year the same year. In 2006, UCLA reached the College Cup vs. Santa Barbara in St. Louis.

During his college years he also played two seasons with senior amateur team Orange County Blue Star in the USL Premier Development League.


Zizzo left college early and turned professional in July 2007 after a successful U20 World Cup in Canada for the United States. He signed to German Bundesliga club Hannover 96, for a three-year contract. In October 2009, Zizzo suffered an ACL injury and missed the entire 2009–10 season.[4]

On July 21, 2010, Chivas USA acquired Zizzo through a weighted lottery conducted by MLS. Zizzo played in 10 games (making one start) over the second half of the season, totaling 254 minutes and one assist.

On February 15, 2011, Zizzo was traded (for allocation money) by Chivas to the MLS expansion side Portland Timbers.[5]

On August 31, 2013, Zizzo scored his second career MLS goal in a 4-2 loss to Real Salt Lake.

On December 13, 2013, Zizzo was traded to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for allocation money.[6]


Zizzo represented the U.S. at the U18 and U20 levels. He participated in the Lisbon International Tournament and the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland with the U18s in 2005. Zizzo suited up for the United States. U20 National Team in the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup, starting all five of the team's matches in the tournament and helping the team reach the quarterfinals. He made his senior national team debut on August 22, 2007, in a friendly against Sweden.


Zizzo holds both American and Italian citizenship, as both his parents were born in Palermo, Sicily.[7] This helped with negotiating a contract in Europe with Hannover 96.[8]In November of 2013 Zizzo married American actress Destiny Moniz.


  1. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 23. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Player Bio: Sal Zizzo - Men's Soccer". UCLA Athletics. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Jeffries, Simon (July 25, 2007). "Team USA: Sal Zizzo signs with Bundesliga's Hannover 96". San Diego MLS Project. Archived from the original on February 24, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Zizzo tears ACL, done for season". October 13, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ Portland Timbers acquire midfielder Sal Zizzo from Chivas USA
  6. ^ Austin, Kurt. "Sporting KC acquires midfielder Sal Zizzo through trade with Portland Timbers FC". Sporting Kansas City. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Meet Your United States U-20 Team - New York Times
  8. ^ German club Hannover signs U.S. U-20 Zizzo - Soccer America

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