MLS- D.C. United

Szetela waived by D.C. United

DannySzetela (ISIphotos.com)

Photo by ISIphotos.com


Danny Szetela's career has had its ups and downs, but it has now hit what may be its low point.

The former U.S. Olympic team member and Under-20 standout was waived by D.C. United on Tuesday, less than a year after joining the club from Italian Serie B club Brescia. Sources close to Szetela confirmed the move late Tuesday.

Szetela's pre-season with D.C. United was cut short by a torn right meniscus that kept him sidelined for six weeks, thus forcing him to miss the majority of United's pre-season and missing his chance to impress new D.C. head coach Curt Onalfo.

Szetela has recovered from the knee surgery, but must now look for a new team as MLS clubs get ready for the 2010 season. The former Columbus Crew midfielder and New Jersey native might have been considered a possibility for either Philadelphia or New York given his status as a local product for the Red Bulls and his ties to Union head coach Peter Nowak, but both teams are loaded in central midfield. The Union has Andrew Jacobson, Toni Stahl and Amobi Okugo while New York has Joel Lindpere, Tony Tchani, Carl Robinson and Seth Stammler in central midfield.

That may not stop Nowak from taking a look. Nowak tried to bring Szetela to D.C. when he was head coach there, and also coached him with the U.S. Olympic team.

A U.S. youth national team star, Szetela played for the Crew before moving to Spanish side Racing Santander. He was loaned to Brescia, where he saw playing time before a coaching change led to his eventual departure and return to MLS. He showed glimpses of his talent in limited playing time with D.C. in 2009, and suffered the torn meniscus on just the second day of D.C. United's pre-season.

  • DC Josh

    I hope the DC front office knows what they are doing. Over the course of the last 15 years they have proven they do, but their decision-making the last 3 or 4 years has clouded my heart with doubt.


  • Polish Wonder

    When he signed with MLS the league had a live broadcast of who won his rights, and he looked devastated not to be in New Jersey, where his family was. When you get coverage like that and don’t progress adequately, people are going to call you a “bust.” If he came in quietly, hardly anyone would have noticed the cut.


  • John A.

    No that was Johnny Cash, Dan just ran into a idioy coach, he will catch on again he has the talent more than most in the MLS


  • fischy

    Actually, you should have read that Ze Roberto is NOT considering such a move, despite earlier speculation last week.


  • Stanley Villa

    deuce is back playing, and starting so I’m not sure how he’s not fit.


    Deuce is back trying to fool Dad that he is a-okay for the plane trip to SA. I watched the match vs Juve and went to ground far to easily, stayed down far too long, got up very slowly clutching around his knee several times, and he opted not to have surgery which means a 4–6 month rest and rehab period for his injury.

    To play in the WC, the first criteria for selection must be 100% fitness, no crocked players. Throw-in Benny the Bench and Davies (I can’t fathom that Dad will select him) and we’ve got a whole plane full of them.


  • derrick

    Wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up at the Galaxy, playing in the midfield till becks get’s back, plays well and people start to wonder if maybe he could actually end up being a decent mls pro.


Add your comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More from SBI Soccer