His career has taken him from from Major League Soccer to La Liga, Italy’s Serie B and the New York Cosmos. Now, midfielder Danny Szetela has a new team to play for — the Cedar Stars of the Cosmopolitan Soccer League.
According to sources, the 31-year-old Clifton, N.J., native has signed for the Cedar Stars in the New York-based amateur league and an official announcement could come as soon as Wednesday. A club spokesman declined comment.
Szetela spent last season with Cosmos B in the National Premier Soccer League, helping lead the squad to the Eastern Northeast Region final where they lost to FC Motown.
The co-owner of FC Motown, Oliver Papraniku, also owns the Cedar Stars, which plays its games at Ramapo College in Mahwah, N.J..
Szetela, who has been capped three times with the U.S. men’s national team after appearing for the U-17, U-20 and U-23 national teams, started his career with Columbus Crew SC before leaving for Racing de Santander in Spain’s La Liga. He spent two years in Spain before being loaned out to Brescia Calcio in Italy’s Serie B.
Szetela returned to the United States and was signed by D.C. United, prior to the 2010 season, but suffered a knee injury in preseason that needed three surgeries, which kept him sidelined until 2013.
He restarted his career with FC Icon in the Garden State Soccer League in the fifth tier of U.S. Soccer before signing with the New York Cosmos in their reboot. He spent five years with the Cosmos, making 104 appearances. When the NASL folded, Szetela signed with Cosmos B after considering retirement.