The New York Cosmos announced on Tuesday that midfielder Danny Szetela has signed a contract extension with the team. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“The Cosmos gave me the opportunity to return to the field after a very tough couple of years and I wanted to repay the club’s faith in me,” said Szetela. “Right now I’m really enjoying my soccer and I’m grateful for the tremendous support the fans and my teammates have shown me. I’m excited to move forward with the Cosmos.”
Szetela, 26, was a regular starter in central midfield during the Cosmos’ 2013 Soccer Bowl title-winning campaign. During the regular season he made 11 appearances (with one goal) and was named to the NASL Team of the Week twice during the 2013 NASL Fall Season.
“Danny has made great progress since he started with us last June,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “He grew game by game last season and was fundamental for us to reach the Soccer Bowl. I believe we still have not seen the best of him yet. He still has a lot of potential to grow as a player. We are very excited to keep him as part of the Cosmos family.”
A native of Clifton, NJ, Szetela joined the Cosmos in July 2013 after a two-year hiatus away from soccer that was due to injuries. Szetela turned professional in 2004 when he signed with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer at 16 years old. 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 Italy’s Serie B (where he made 26 appearances).
Szetela has also represented the United States national team at every level. He was a member of the USSF’s 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 made it to the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, alongside future national team players such as Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. He also earned the first of his three caps for the full U.S. men’s national team in 2007 and played for the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.