Atlanta United announced on Tuesday that they’ve signed free agent Sal Zizzo to a contract.
Zizzo, 30, started his pro career in the Bundesliga with Hannover 96 before making his way to MLS to play for four different clubs over eight seasons. Most recently, he played for the New York Red Bulls where he spent three seasons and recorded six assists as a utility player.
“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. “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.”
He’s also a former U.S. youth national team standout and has appeared for the USMNT once.
The San Diego native joins the Five Stripes and will add some much needed depth at the full back position. He can also play as a winger and center back if needed.
With the departure of Anton Walkes the club needed a versatile defender to add to their squad and Zizzo appears to be that choice.
Atlanta United are currently in Florida holding a training camp to get ready for their second MLS season. Their preseason schedule kicks off on February 10 with a trip to Nashville.