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Danny Szetela signs Contract Extension with Cosmos

Danny Szetela. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Danny Szetela. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

The New York Cosmos announced on Friday that midfielder Danny Szetela has signed a contract extension with the team. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Szetela, 28, has been a regular starter in central midfield for the Cosmos since joining the team. During the past three years, Szetela has made 47 regular season appearances (with four goals and two assists) and also started in the 2013 NASL championship title-winning game.

“Danny has been an important player for this team from day one and we’re delighted that he’ll be staying on,” said Head Coach Giovanni Savarese. “He’s got a lot of match experience and attributes that are key to the way we play and he’s a player that keeps getting better every year.”

A native of Clifton, NJ, Szetela joined the Cosmos in July 2013 after a two-year hiatus from the sport due to injuries. He originally turned professional in 2004 at the age of 16 when signing with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer. Szetela 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).

Szetela has 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 starter on the U.S. U-20 national team that reached the quarterfinals of the FIFA U-20 World Cup, alongside other future national team players such as Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore. He has also earned three caps for the full U.S. men’s national team and played for the U.S. at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

“Right now I really enjoy the way we train and approach each game,” said Szetela. “The club is like a family. I love it here and we have some unfinished business, so it was an easy decision for me to come back.”

The Cosmos will return to Shuart Stadium on the campus of Hofstra University on August 2 to host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in a match that is set to start at 5:00 p.m.

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