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Danny Szetela agrees to terms with Cosmos


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The New York Cosmos announced on Monday that former US Men’s national team midfielder Danny Szetela has signed with the club.

“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 every day. 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, 26, turned professional in 2004 when he signed with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer (MLS) at the age of 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 (where he made 26 appearances). After a stint with the DC 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-foot-11 midfielder from Passaic, NJ had a successful career with the US National team at every level. Szetela was a member of the USSF’s Bradenton Academy and represented the US at the 2003 Under-17 World Cup.

In 2007 Danny was a key member of the US Under-20 national team that made it to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, alongside future national team players such as Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore and Robbie Rogers.

The Cosmos also announced that they have agreed to terms with 24-year-old midfielder Hagop Chirishian, increasing their roster to 22 players. Chirishian spent his last two season playing for USL sides Wilmington Hammerheads and Ventura County Fusion.

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