Sal Zizzo completed his third season with the Portland Timbers but did not see as much playing time as he had in his first two years in the Rose City.
2012 Rank: 15
Zizzo was injured in training after the Timbers' opening game draw with New York Red Bulls in early March. The medial meniscus tear was just the latest in a long string of knee injuries sustained by the 26-year-old in his career spanning Germany, Chivas USA and Portland. After starting at least a dozen games in each of his first two years with the Timbers, Zizzo started just twice in 2013, in games against Toronto FC and Chivas USA in early September. The game before those, Zizzo scored his only goal of the season as a late game substitute in a 4-2 loss at Real Salt Lake on August 30. Due to injuries and increased competition at wide positions, Zizzo recorded just 255 minutes this season.
The Timbers announced on Monday that Zizzo was out of contract but was extended a bona fide offer to return to Portland.Â This morning the club revealed that he had been traded to Sporting Kansas City for an undisclosed amount of allocation money. Considering the expected moves coming at forward and in defense, the Timbers clearly need as much allocation money as possible. Given his lack of playing time and spot behind various wide players in Portland, Zizzo was expendable and will join the MLS Cup holders in the Eastern Conference.