Atlanta United technical director Carlos Bocanegra says that Sal Zizzo will fit in well with the team. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
ATLANTA — Former Red Bulls defender-midfielder Sal Zizzo has found a new home.
Atlanta United announced Tuesday it has signed Zizzo as a free agent.
On Nov. 27, the Red Bulls decided not to exercise Zizzo’s option for the 2018 Major League Soccer season.
The 30-year-old defender spent the last three seasons with the Red Bulls, mostly at right back. He has more than 160 MLS appearances since joining the league in 2010.
Zizzo spent three years with Hannover 96 of the German Bundesliga prior to playing in Major League Soccer.
“We know Sal had options this offseason and we’re happy he has chosen to sign with our club,” vice president and technical director Carlos Bocanegra said in a statement. “He’s a defender who we’ve seen play in a similar high-tempo style with New York Red Bulls and we expect him to come in and add competition to our backline.”
A native of San Diego, Calif., Zizzo has more than 240 career appearances between his time in Germany and the United States. He has 17 career assists in MLS.
In 2017, Zizzo made 23 appearances and recorded two assists.
Zizzo began his professional career in 2007 with Hannover 96. He transferred to Chivas USA prior the 2010 season where he spent one year before he was traded to the Portland Timbers for their inaugural season in 2011. Zizzo played three seasons in Portland, making 60 appearances while scoring two goals and recording seven assists. He was traded to Sporting Kansas City for the 2014 season where he made 19 appearances and recorded three assists.
After he was taken by New York City FC in the 2014 MLS expansion draft, Zizzo was traded to Red Bulls as goalkeeper Ryan Meara was loaned to the team for a season, in one of the most one-sided deals in MLS history. In three seasons with the Red Bulls, Zizzo made 73 appearances.