Source: Midfielder Zizzo joining MLS

Updated: July 19, 2010, 7:17 PM ET
By Jeff Carlisle |

U.S. international midfielder Sal Zizzo is heading home to the MLS, according to a league source.

Zizzo, who represented the U.S. at both U-20 and U-23 levels, saw his contract with Bundesliga side Hannover 96 expire, clearing the way for him to sign in the MLS. His latest destination could be determined as soon as this Wednesday, when he'll be placed in a weighted lottery. The same source indicated that D.C. United and the Kansas City Wizards will have the best chance of landing the former UCLA standout.

Once on board, Zizzo will be hoping to prove he is back to full fitness after tearing his ACL last October. The source indicated that Zizzo has been cleared to resume full training, but will likely need additional time to get back to peak form, making him something of a long-term project.

By returning stateside, Zizzo will be hoping to fulfill the promise he displayed at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup, when he delivered several impressive performances as a wide midfielder. His displays in that tournament helped him earn a professional contract with Hannover, but Zizzo struggled to make a breakthrough with the Reds, making only eight first team appearances in three seasons.

Zizzo made his lone appearance with the U.S. national team back in August 2007, coming on for the last 15 minutes of the Americans' 1-0 friendly loss to Sweden.

Jeff Carlisle covers MLS and the U.S. national team for ESPNsoccernet.

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