Zizzo in 2015 with the New York Red Bulls
|Full name||Salvatore Zizzo Jr.|
|Date of birth||April 3, 1987|
|Place of birth||San Diego, California, United States|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Playing position(s)||Winger, Full back|
|San Diego Loyal|
|2006–2007||Orange County Blue Star||13||(5)|
|2007–2010||Hannover 96 II||45||(8)|
|2009||→ Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan)||0||(0)|
|2014||Sporting Kansas City||19||(0)|
|2015–2017||New York Red Bulls||72||(0)|
|2018||Atlanta United 2||1||(0)|
|2020–||San Diego Loyal||3||(0)|
|2007||United States U20||5||(0)|
|2008||United States U23||2||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Youth and amateurEdit
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). 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. 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.
He finished his career at UCLA with 43 appearances, eight goals, and 14 assists.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Zizzo ended the season as the club's starting right back and helped New York in capturing the 2015 MLS Supporters' Shield.
On August 15, 2017, Zizzo helped New York to a 3–2 come from behind victory over FC Cincinnati, providing the game winning assist on Bradley Wright-Phillips's goal in the 101st minute which sent New York to their first Open Cup final since 2003.
Zizzo announced his retirement from playing professional soccer on May 21, 2019.
Just over 6-months following his announced retirement, Zizzo returned to professional soccer when he was announced as the first ever signing for USL Championship side San Diego Loyal ahead of their inaugural season in 2020.
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. This helped with negotiating a contract in Europe with Hannover 96. In November 2013 Zizzo married Destiny Moniz. They have 3 daughters, Capri Kalei born April 8, 2015, Aeri Elalia born on January 6, 2017 and Zuri Meadow born June 29, 2018.
- As of October 7, 2017
|Orange County Blue Star||2006||11||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||4|
|Hannover 96 II||2007–08||21||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||21||4|
|Sporting Kansas City||2014||19||0||2||0||0||0||3||1||24||1|
|New York Red Bulls||2015||22||0||2||1||4||0||0||0||28||1|
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