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Sal Zizzo

Sal Zizzo
Personal information
Full name Salvatore Zizzo Jr.[1]
Date of birth (1987-04-03) April 3, 1987
Place of birth San Diego, California, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
New York Red Bulls
Number 15
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 45 (8)
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)
2015– New York Red Bulls 22 (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 22:03, 26 October 2015 (UTC).
† 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 New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Youth and amateur 1.1
    • Professional 1.2
    • International 1.3
  • Personal 2
  • Career statistics 3
  • Honors 4
    • Club 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Career

Youth and amateur

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.

Professional

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. Zizzo made his Bundesliga debut for Hannover on May 10, 2008 in a match against Werder Bremen. In October 2009, Zizzo suffered an ACL injury and missed the entire 2009–10 season.[4] During his stay at the club he was a regular starter for the reserve side, Hannover 96 II, appearing in 45 league matches and scoring 8 goals.

On July 21, 2010, Chivas USA acquired Zizzo through a weighted lottery conducted by MLS.[5] 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 by Chivas USA to MLS expansion side Portland Timbers in exchange for allocation money.[6] Zizzo scored his first MLS goal on August 15, 2012 in a 2-2 draw at Toronto FC. On August 31, 2013, Zizzo scored his second career league goal in a 4-2 loss to Real Salt Lake. In three seasons with Portland Zizzo appeared in 60 league matches and scored 2 goals and assisted on 7.

On December 13, 2013, Zizzo was traded to Sporting Kansas City in exchange for allocation money.[7] On September 23, 2014 Zizzo helped Sporting to a 3-0 victory over Real Estelí in a CONCACAF Champions League match, scoring the third goal of the match.

On December 10, 2014, Zizzo was the ninth pick of New York City FC in the 2014 MLS Expansion Draft. The following day he was traded to local rivals New York Red Bulls in a deal agreed prior to the draft, with Red Bulls goalkeeper Ryan Meara going the other way on a one-year loan.[8] Zizzo made his debut for New York on March 8, 2015 coming on as a second half substitute in a 1-1 draw at former club Sporting Kansas City. [9] On March 22, 2015 Zizzo started his first match for New York in a 2-0 victory over rival D.C. United at Red Bull Arena.[10] On July 1, 2015 Zizzo scored his first goal for New York, helping the Red Bulls to a 4-1 victory in the U.S. Open Cup over local rival New York Cosmos.[11] Zizzo ended the season as the clubs starting right back and helped New York in capturing the 2015 MLS Supporters' Shield.[12]

International

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.

Personal

Zizzo holds both American and Italian citizenship, as both his parents were born in Palermo, Sicily.[13] This helped with negotiating a contract in Europe with Hannover 96.[14] In November 2013 Zizzo married American actress Destiny Moniz. Also at Sporting Kansas City he began a talk show with Benny Feilhaber being the host while he was the musical guest with an unplugged keyboard lip syncing to songs with Benny dancing. They named the show The Benny Feilhaber Show ft. Sal Zizzo. His signature style is wearing sunglasses inside.

Career statistics

Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Orange County Blue Star 2006 11 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 4
2007 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 13 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 5
Hannover 96 II 2007-08 21 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 4
2008-09 17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 1
2009-10 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3
Total 45 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 45 8
Hannover 96 2007-08 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2008-09 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2009-10 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
Chivas USA 2010 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
Portland Timbers 2011 30 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 31 0
2012 20 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 20 1
2013 10 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 12 1
Total 60 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 63 2
Sporting Kansas City 2014 19 0 2 0 0 0 3 1 24 1
New York Red Bulls 2015 22 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 25 1
Career totals 177 15 9 1 1 0 3 1 190 17


Honors

Club

New York Red Bulls

References

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  5. ^ http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/lottery-sends-sal-zizzo-chivas-usa
  6. ^ Portland Timbers acquire midfielder Sal Zizzo from Chivas USA
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  8. ^ Zizzo joins Red Bulls - newyorkredbulls.com
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  13. ^ Meet Your United States U-20 Team - New York Times
  14. ^ German club Hannover signs U.S. U-20 Zizzo - Soccer America

External links

  • MLS player profile
  • Sal Zizzo at National-Football-Teams.com
  • profile weltfussball.de
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