On Tuesday, former Sporting Kansas City player Sal Zizzo announced his retirement from professional soccer.
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Today is the day I officially say goodbye to the game I have played my whole life and gave my all to. I want to say thank you to everyone who made it possible for me to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing professional soccer. From my time at UCLA to my early years in Hannover, Germany, and my 9 years in the MLS; it was an amazing ride. Chivas USA, Portland Timbers, Sporting KC, New York Red Bulls, and Atlanta United, you all have a special place in my heart. Some of my fondest memories include representing the USA in the 2007 U-20 World Cup, my Bundesliga debut, my National Team Cap, sharing the field after my games with my 3 girls. Supporters Shield with NYRB in 2015, and ultimately winning the MLS Cup in 2018 with Atlanta United. Thanks to my parents for all the sacrifices. You taught me so much about what it would take to get where I wanted to go; I can’t say enough. And thank you to my wife who was there to support me through all the ups and downs. This chapter of my life is ending but I’m excited to write my next one! Thank You, Sal Zizzo @mls @hannover96 @timbersfc @sportingkc @newyorkredbulls @atlutd #thankful #grateful #mls #soccer
Leave it to Benny Feilhaber to immediately jump on that retirement to get the rumor mill going. He quoted Zizzo’s retirement tweet and said maybe he and Sal should start a podcast.
Maybe we should start a podcast...you think anyone would listen?! We could get some good guests too @ikeopara @gbaum30 or some not so great ones @gzusi @MattBesler https://t.co/y5ItA0eO3L— Benny Feilhaber (@b_feilhaber22) May 21, 2019
“Maybe we should start a podcast...you think anyone would listen?! We could get some good guests too @ikeopara @gbaum30 or some not so great ones @gzusi @MattBesler“
Now there is no saying that the podcast that Benny is referencing would be the Benny Feilhaber Show, which was the famous YouTube show he did in his first stint with the team. Sal Zizzo was his co-host/sidekick and it was delightful. Look below for videos if you have never seen it. It’s a great rabbit hole to go down.
In all likelihood Feilhaber is just trolling everyone. His Twitter is surprisingly active and he interacts with other players including his best friend Ike Opara on a regular basis.
Earlier in the day Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star tweeted at Benny that he needed a new co-host for his podcast since Opara is gone to Minnesota United. Benny replied with something to the effect that he couldn’t cheat on Sal. Opara got in on the ripping on Sam stuff as well, but all those tweets have since been deleted.
You can expect more hard hitting reporting from The Blue Testament if and when the Benny Feilhaber Show officially returns.
Now go watch old episodes of The Benny Feilhaber show. They really hit their stride in episode three below. And unfortunately there are only eight episodes.