TRANSFER TRACKER STATUS: Retirement
Winning an MLS Cup sure isn’t a bad way to go out.
Sal Zizzo officially announced his retirement from professional soccer on Tuesday, with his last spell coming as Atlanta United raised the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy at Mercedes Benz Stadium this past December. Zizzo also won the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2015 while playing for the New York Red Bulls.
Altogether, Zizzo made 174 regular season and playoff appearances across nine MLS seasons. A winger and outside back, he had two goals and 17 assists.
Today is the day I officially say goodbye to the game I have played my whole life and gave my all to. I want to say thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing professional soccer. From my time at UCLA to my early years in Hannover, Germany, and my 9 years in the MLS; it was an amazing ride. Chivas USA, Portland Timbers, Sporting KC, New York Red Bulls, and Atlanta United, you all have a special place in my heart. Some of my fondest memories include representing the USA in the 2007 U-20 World Cup, my Bundesliga debut, my National Team Cap, sharing the field after my games with my 3 girls. Supporters Shield with NYRB in 2015, and ultimately winning the MLS Cup in 2018 with Atlanta United. Thanks to my parents for all the sacrifices. You taught me so much about what it would take to get where I wanted to go; I can’t say enough. And thank you to my wife who was there to support me through all the ups and downs. This chapter of my life is ending but I’m excited to write my next one! Thank You, Sal Zizzo @mls @hannover96 @timbersfc @sportingkc @newyorkredbulls @atlutd #thankful #grateful #mls #soccer
Zizzo, 32, saw his professional career begin in 2007 with German club Hannover. But with Bundesliga appearances hard to come by, he returned stateside in 2010 and began a MLS career that included stops with Chivas USA, the Portland Timbers, Sporting Kansas City and, more recently, RBNY and Atlanta. The San Diego, Calif., native also starred collegiately at UCLA and has one US men's national team appearance, which came during a 2007 friendly against Sweden.
The midfielder has been without a team since being released by Atlanta after the 2018 season, though a lasting memory for some fans might extend beyond the pitch.
Zizzo, during his lone season with SKC, co-hosted “The Benny Feilhaber Show” alongside Benny Feilhaber. The video series, with Zizzo on the keyboard and rocking some sunglasses, is worth watching from start to finish. All eight episodes – outtakes included – are archived on YouTube.