Tuesday, July 20, 2010

7/20/2010: If The Crew Win The Lotto, What Shall They Do With Sal

According to ESPN:
U.S. international midfielder Sal Zizzo is heading home to the MLS, according to a league source.

Zizzo, who represented the U.S. at both U-20 and U-23 levels, saw his contract with Bundesliga side Hannover 96 expire, clearing the way for him to sign in the MLS. His latest destination could be determined as soon as this Wednesday, when he'll be placed in a weighted lottery. The same source indicated that D.C. United and the Kansas City Wizards will have the best chance of landing the former UCLA standout.

But, then again, anyone can win in a lottery and if the Crew were to land Sal Zizzo would you keep him or trade him to someone else in MLS?

Let's look at Salvatore's stats. Zizzo has 8 games with Hannover 96 over three years, before that only 13 games with Orange County Blue Star of the PDL. His national team appearances are not much better with 5 at the U-20 level, two at the U-23, and one cap at the U.S senior national level. That one cap was 15 minutes in a 1-nil win against Sweden.

On top of that he is recovering from an ACL tear, hasn't played in a year, and has never played in MLS.

So, if the Crew were somehow to pick up Zizzo the best option could be to trade Sal for someone with a track record in MLS. Well, unless Rogers is on his way back overseas and Zizzo can make a fine replacement.

All this talk may be all for naught however, since the Crew have a slim chance of their ball coming up in the lotto. But, if it does what would you do with Zizzo?


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