Danny Szetela

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Danny Szetela
Danny Szetela 2013-09-23 07-58.jpg
Personal information
Full name Daniel Gregory Szetela[1]
Date of birth (1987-06-17) June 17, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
New York Cosmos
Number 14
Youth career
2002–2004 IMG Soccer Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Columbus Crew 34 (0)
2007–2009 Racing Santander 0 (0)
2008–2009 Brescia (loan) 26 (1)
2009 D.C. United 4 (0)
2013 Icon FC
2013– New York Cosmos 16 (1)
National team
2003 United States U17 4 (2)
2005–2007 United States U20 7 (3)
2008 United States U23 4 (0)
2007–2008 United States 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 April 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 April 2010

Daniel Gregory Szetela (born June 17, 1987 in Passaic, New Jersey) is an American soccer player who currently plays for New York Cosmos in the North American Soccer League.



In 2002, Szetela entered USSF's Bradenton Academy, graduating in May 2004. He then signed with Major League Soccer. His desire to play for his hometown club, the MetroStars, went unfulfilled. Because he signed with MLS after the annual draft had taken place, his rights were made available to teams in a weighted lottery, with Columbus Crew ending up with his rights. Joining in mid-season, Szetela appeared in eight regular season and two playoff games, while recording a solitary assist. In 2005, Szetela struggled to get on the field with the Crew. During 2006, he was beset by injury troubles and only saw four games for Columbus.

On August 31, 2007, Szetela was signed by Racing de Santander, in the Spanish Primera División.[2] Szetela made his official debut with the Spanish club on November 14, in a scoreless draw against Málaga CF in the Copa del Rey. On January 29, 2008, Szetela was loaned out to Serie B side Brescia Calcio until June 30, 2008, with the option to purchase at the end. Szetela made his debut for Brescia Calcio on February 9, playing the last five minutes in a 4-2 comeback victory and made ten appearances total in Serie B.

Szetela extended his loan to Brescia Calcio through June 2009 on July 18, 2008. He scored his first goal for Brescia, his first professional goal in league play, on October 18, 2008, against Triestina. He returned to Spain on July 13, 2009.[3] However, the Spanish side decided against renewing his contract.

Szetela opted not to continue a career in Europe and returned to the States and signed a contract with Major League Soccer. His contract was picked up by D.C. United, who were second in the allocation placements to sign returning U.S. international players.

On March 20, 2010, he was released by D.C. United.[4] He did not play professionally for over three years.

Szetela returned to soccer in 2013, playing for Icon FC, who compete in the fifth-tier of American soccer.

Szetela signed a contract to play with New York Cosmos on July 1, 2013. [5] Szetela scored his first goal with the Cosmos against the Carolina Railhawks on October 12, 2013.[6]


In 2003, Szetela burst onto the world's stage during the Under-17 World Cup in Finland. The second-youngest player on the United States roster, he started all four American games, scoring two goals. In 2005, he was called up to the U.S. U-20 national team for the 2005 2005 World Youth Championship in the Netherlands. He played two games in that tournament. On June 30, 2007, Szetela scored the opening goal in the United States' match against South Korea in the U-20 World Cup. Three days later he recorded two goals in a winning effort over Poland, the country of both his parents.

Szetela made his debut for the USA on October 17, 2007, as a late-match substitute against Switzerland, and set up Michael Bradley's game-winning goal. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the national team, and provided their first win over Switzerland in seven matches. For a while, Szetela, who has a Polish passport and speaks Polish, was hesitating, as his parents wanted him to play for Poland. However, after the former coach of Polish national team, Pawel Janas, stated publicly that "in Poland we have 200 players like Szetela,"[7] he decided to play for the U.S. In July 2008, Szetela was named to the U.S. team that competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


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