Danny Szetela trains with New York Cosmos, will play in Newtown

Danny Szetela

Danny Szetela is looking to restart his once promising career. That path has led him to the New York Cosmos – a franchise that can certainly sympathize with that kind of desire.

“We do different things my friend,” Cosmos head coach Giovanni Savarese said with a chuckle. “We have hosted many many players and we are aware and looking everywhere to keep looking at players.

“We were aware (of Szetela) through our contacts and finally he is with us and training with us.”

The Clifton, New Jersey native recently began his foray back into the professional arena during the U.S. Open Cup competition with Icon F.C. Playing a holding midfield role, his side picked apart the Brooklyn Italians 4-1 to advance in the tournament. The Richmond Kickers, however, proved more than they could handle, downing Icon 4-1 and eliminating them from contention.

While the results were certainly painful, it was nothing compared to the road he took to return to the professional ranks.

After injuring his knee in 2010 with D.C. United, Szetela underwent three separate surgeries to repair the damage. The first attempt did not work out as promised and it cost him his job with D.C. He turned to doctors in New Jersey for the second attempt before finally undergoing a cadaveric replacement surgery of his meniscus.

Now 25 years old, it was a painful set back to a career that seemed destined for greatness. After a celebrated move to the Columbus Crew at the age of 17, Szetela would land with Racing Santander who then loaned him to Brescia where he earned playing time in Serie B. He was a vital part of Thomas Rongen’s 2007 Under-20 World Cup team that boasted such names as Michael Bradley, Robbie Rogers, Dax McCarty and Freddy Adu. He also earned three caps with the senior team during the greater parts of his career.

Tuesday night, he will feature for the New York Cosmos in their first friendly in nearly 30 years; a charity event dubbed “Soccer Revolution” against the Newtown Pride.

“He will be one of the players that will be there at the match,” Savarese said. “In the case of Szetela per say, (Tuesday) will be a good day for us to see him in a full match a little bit better.”


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