Zizzo to throw out Padres first pitch on Sept. 7

Chivas USA midfielder to take part in pregame ceremonies at PETCO Park on Sept. 7

Sal Zizzo

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Chivas USA midfielder and San Diego native Sal Zizzo will fulfill a lifelong dream as he throws out the first pitch at the San Diego Padres game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at PETCO Park in San Diego. Zizzo, an All-CIF centerfielder at Patrick Henry High School in San Diego before choosing soccer in college, will take part in the pregame festivities as both Chivas USA and the Padres prepare for the ChivaClásico on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 8:00 p.m. at PETCO Park.

“I have been a Padres fan since I was a little kid, so this is a dream come true for me,” said Zizzo. “It’ll be great to get the chance to throw out the first pitch, and I can’t wait to take part in the ChivaClásico a week later at PETCO Park.”

WHAT:       Sal Zizzo throws out the ceremonial first pitch at PETCO Park

WHEN:       Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010 Ceremonial first pitch at roughly 6:45 p.m. PT

WHERE:       PETCO Park 100 Park Boulevard San Diego, CA 92101               

Zizzo joined the club on July 21 after three years in Germany with Bundesliga club Hannover 96. Prior to his time in Europe, Zizzo had been a standout attacking midfielder for two seasons at UCLA, where he scored eight goals and added 14 assists from 2005-2006. At Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, Zizzo starred in both soccer and baseball, earning All-CIF honors in both sports. He made his debut with Chivas USA on August 21 at FC Dallas in his first game back in action after returning from a knee injury suffered in late 2009.

Chivas USA and Chivas de Guadalajara will square off in the second ChivaClásico, taking place on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at 8:00 p.m. at PETCO Park. The match will include some of Mexican soccer’s biggest stars in Guadalajara’s Alberto Medina, Omar Bravo, ‘Bofo’ Bautista, and more, as well as Chivas USA’s Jonathan Bornstein, Zach Thornton, Jesús Padilla, and others. The two teams have met once before, with Guadalajara taking a 2-0 win in last year’s ChivaClásico at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.

The match is being presented in partnership with the San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball, and tickets are available at both cdchivasusa.com and padres.com.