July 1, 2013
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR DANNY BOY
Cosmos sign ex-MLS player Szetela
The New York Cosmos announced on Monday that former MLS midfielder Danny Szetela has signed with the North American Soccer League club.
Szetela, 26, who played with Icon FC in the recent Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup, apparently has overcome knee injuries that had hampered his career and development in MLS.
“This is a great opportunity to join such a historic club and get back in the game,” Szetela said. “I’ve been hungry for the game and I love being back out there everyday. The Cosmos are giving me a chance and I’m grateful to the coaching staff for that. I want to help on the field in any way I can.”
Szetela turned professional in 2004 when signed with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer at 16. He made 34 appearances for the Crew before moving abroad to play with Racing de Santander of Spain’s La Liga and Brescia Calcio of Serie B (26 games). After a stint at D.C. United, Szetela stepped away from soccer in 2011 due to injuries.
“Danny worked very hard in training this whole month and has shown us he is dedicated to getting back on the field,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He still has lots of skill that can benefit the club and his determination is apparent in every training session.”
The 5-11 midfielder, who hails from Passaic, N.J. also performed at the youth and senior levels of the U.s. National Team. He was a member of U.S. Soccer's Under-17 Bradenton Academy and represented the U.S. at the 2003 Under-17 World Cup. In 2007, Szetela was a key figure on the U.S. U-20 national team that reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, alongside future national team players such as Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Robbie Rogers.
Szetela also earned the first of three full full U.S. National Team caps.
He also played for the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The Cosmos announced they also agreed to terms with 24-year-old midfielder Hagop Chirishian, increasing the roster to 22 players under contract. Chirishian spent the last two seasons playing for USL sides Wilmington Hammerheads and Ventura County Fusion.