by JAKE NUTTING
A longtime contributor to the reboot New York Cosmos has found a landing spot out on the West Coast.
As reported by EoS on Monday, the San Francisco Deltas had their eyes on Danny Szetela — and now they’ve got their man.
The team made things official and inked the midfielder to a deal on Wednesday.
“Danny brings passion and commitment to the field,” said Deltas’ boss Marc Dos Santos. “We want players like him to represent this club and city with a very high level of intensity and work ethic.”
Szetela, 29, adds valuable experience in the lower leagues of North American soccer to the inaugural Deltas roster after reinvigorating his playing career with the Cosmos. Playing from a defensive midfield position, Szetela made 83 appearances for the Cosmos and played an important role in the team claiming three NASL titles.
While the rest of the NASL has gone quiet while the league waits to hear from the U.S. Soccer Federation whether it will maintain its sanctioning as the second-tier of domestic soccer, the Deltas have been active in building their first roster. Head coach Marc Dos Santos has already added former NASL Golden Glove winner Romuald Peiser, along with NASL veterans Greg Jordan and Nana Attakora.
Szetela is the third member of the Cosmos family to find a new home this week. Jairo Arrieta jumped to his native Costa Rica to join Herediano, while assistant coach Carlos Llamosa signed on with MLS’ New England Revolution in the same role.
Here is the full San Francisco roster:
Jonathan Arellano*, Goalkeeper
Nana Attakora, Defender
Reiner Ferreira, Defender
Adrian Iniguez*, Goalkeeper
Greg Jordan, Midfielder
Julien Melendez*, Midfielder
Saalih Muhammad*, Midfielder
Romuald Peiser, Goalkeeper
Danny Szetela, Midfielder
*Unsigned, invited to preseason training camp following November’s open tryouts.