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By DAN KARELL
The Portland Timbers found a new home for Sal Zizzo after the acquisitions of Steve Zakuani and Jorge Villafaña pushed him down in the depth chart.
The Timbers announced Friday that they sent Zizzo to MLS Cup champions Sporting Kansas City in exchange for allocation money. The move reunites Zizzo with Peter Vermes, who coached him with the U.S. Under-20 team.
“He’s a player I spent some time with around the United States Under-20’s,” Sporting KC manager Peter Vermes said in a statement. “He’s a very good wide player, someone who is going to help give us some more firepower out on the wing channels. He is someone we have been looking at for the last couple years.”
Zizzo struggled during the 2013 Major League Soccer season to find a regular place in the Timbers starting lineup, first missing time with a torn meniscus and then just having the unfortunate circumstance of playing behind an in form Will Johnson, Diego Valeri, and Rodney Wallace. The 26-year-old made 10 appearances this past season, scoring one goal.
The UCLA graduate also joins a couple of his former college teammates at Sporting KC in Benny Feilhaber and Chance Myers.
What do you think of this move? See Zizzo earning some more regular playing time with Sporting KC? Think that the Timbers were wrong to trade him?
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