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Portland Timbers Sign Chivas USA Midfielder Salvatore "Sal" Zizzo

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Say hello to our new midfielder, Sal Zizzo.  (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Say hello to our new midfielder, Sal Zizzo. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
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In a surprise announcement this afternoon, the Portland Timbers FO announced that they had acquired Chivas USA midfielder Salvatore "Sal" Zizzo in exchange for allocation money.

Additionally, while I can't confirm anything, I'd say that this deal pretty much seals the deal on our mystery CM that was supposed to be the "best in the league." My guess would be that whatever deal the Timbers had been working on fell apart sometime back in January. Since then Sal Zizzo, who himself is a quality midfielder, became a target acquire.

Moving on towards the player himself, Sal Zizzo, a native of San Diego, is currently a member of the US Men's National Team. He was signed by Chivas USA last year from Bundesliga side Hannover 96 where he made 8 first team appearances and played for the German club's reserve team.

Zizzo is a player we've been interested in acquiring for some time now," said Wilkinson. "We are delighted to add such a quality player to our roster."

Here are his stats:

Salvatore "Sal" Zizzo
Pronunciation: ZEE-zoh
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-8
Weight: 165
Born: April 3, 1987, in San Diego, Calif.
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Previous Club: Chivas USA
College: UCLA
Citizenship: United States