Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Following a strong showing at the U20 World Cup in Canada, UCLA attacker Sal Zizzo has signed a three-year contract with German first division club Hannover 96.

The American, who will join as a free transfer, arrives in Germany later this week to begin training with his new club.

"He is very quick and talented," Hannover 96 head coach Dieter Heckning told YA early Wednesday. "Sal is a player who will be part of our future, and were happy he signed with us."

"The US transfer market is very interesting for us. There were some other clubs looking to sign Sal as well, but we did it in the end."

"He wanted to join the club more than anything."

Zizzo, who was immediately issued the #15 shirt, becomes the 96ers' sixth signing of the offseason and will join fellow Californian Steve Cherundolo at the AWD-Arena.

"Cherundolo, helped to realize this deal," Hannover's Torsten Grönemeyer confirmed to YA. "They grew up in San Diego and he called up Sal's parents."

Zizzo played in all five of the US' matches at the recent U20 World Cup after returning to UCLA last season and having refused to enter the MLS draft last January.

The ex-Bruin becomes the fourth American to call Hannover home in the Bundesliga, joining Cherundolo, former World Cup star Clint Mathis and journeyman Conor Casey.