Friday, July 23, 2010
Sal Zizzo's playing career in Europe is over for now as the former UCLA product was claimed in a weighted lottery by Chivas USA of Major League Soccer.

Zizzo had been signed by German Bundesliga club Hannover 96 in the summer of 2007 to a three year contract.

That same summer, the California native started in all five matches for the US Under-20 national team that reached the quarterfinals of the 2007 Under-20 World Cup in Canada.

Zizzo's time in Germany was plagued by illness and injury including his final year at Hannover that saw him miss the entire 2009-2010 season due to a torn ACL.

Upon the expiration of his contract, the former Bruin elected to return to the US to play in MLS where the southern California franchise won the lottery to sign the winger.

The club also confirmed that Zizzo's contract will extend past the current campaign.

"[Sal's] contract for the league goes beyond this season," Chivas USA media spokesman David Lindolm told YA.

Zizzo appeared in eight first team matches with Hannover and will be eligible to play for Chivas USA on July 31st.