Zizzo Added to the Chivas USA Roster
Chivas USA midfielder Sal Zizzo, acquired last month in a weighted lottery, has been added to the team’s senior roster and will be eligible for the first time with the Red-and-White in Saturday’s match against Seattle Sounders FC, taking place at 8:00 Zizzo, a San Diego native, joined Chivas USA after playing three seasons for Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga, and is coming off a knee injury suffered in his final season with the team. Over three years, the 23-year-old made eight appearances with the first team and many more with Hannover 96 II, the reserve team.
Zizzo is not expected to start Saturday’s game against the Sounders, but might be available to enter the match as a substitute. He is coming off a serious knee injury suffered in October of 2009, and after a few weeks of training with Chivas USA, has worked his way back up to full speed in practice sessions. The challenge will now be breaking into a crowded midfield that has been using combinations of Paulo Nagamura, Ben Zemanski, Blair Gavin and Michael Lahoud in the middle, with Jonathan Bornstein and Rodolfo Espinoza manning the wings.
Prior to his time in Germany, Zizzo had played two seasons at UCLA after attending Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, where he was a standout soccer and baseball player, earning All-CIF honors in both sports. He was with the United States Under-20’s for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he started all five of the team’s matches as the U.S. advanced to the tournament’s quarterfinals, and has made one appearance with the full United States National Team, in an Aug. 22, 2007 friendly at Sweden.