Sporting Kansas City made its first offseason addition Friday when it acquired midfielder Sal Zizzo from Portland in exchange for allocation money.
A four-year veteran of Major League Soccer, Zizzo (pronounced ZEE-zoh) appeared in 10 matches for Portland last season, including two starts, and he scored one goal.
“He’s a very good wide player, someone who is going to help give us some more firepower out on the wing channels,” Sporting KC coach Peter Vermes said. “He is someone we have been looking at for the last couple (of) years.”
Sporting KC waived defenders Brendan Ruiz and Kyle Miller on Wednesday, though neither appeared in an MLS match during their tenure with the team. Two days later, the club acquired Zizzo.
While Sporting KC continues to look for upgrades — Vermes left for a European scouting trip three days after winning the Cup — larger changes to the roster appear less likely.
Zizzo, 26, has appeared in 70 games over his MLS career, which began with Chivas USA before he was traded to Portland prior to the 2011 season. He has two career goals and eight career assists.
Zizzo has also made one appearance for the United States national team, which came in 2007 against Sweden.
He played his college soccer at UCLA with Sporting KC defender Chance Myers. The Bruins reached the championship game in 2006.
Zizzo is currently on his honeymoon with his wife, Destiny. They married last month.