Danny Szetela will patrol the midfield for FC Motown this season. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
By Michael Lewis
Danny Szetela won’t be playing in a professional league this season, but he will be performing locally.
Instead, the former Cosmos midfielder has decided to join FC Motown in the National Premier Soccer League, according reliable soccer sources.
A Clifton, N.J. native, Szetela performed for the Cosmos since they returned to competitive soccer in 2013. He was a member of three North American Soccer League championship sides, in 2013, 2015 and 2016.
Primarily a defensive midfielder, the 30-year-old Szetela scored six goals and set up two others over 79 starts and 105 games during his five-year Cosmos tenure. His most famous goal, however, came in a Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup encounter against New York City FC as Szetela tallied late in regulation to lift the Cosmos to a 1-0 win at Fordham University in 2016.
The Cosmos won’t field a team this season because the NASL has decided to go dormant after the U.S. Soccer Federation rescinded its Division Two status for the 2018 season..Their future beyond is uncertain as well as owner Rocco B. Commisso said last week he wasn’t looking beyond three months into the future.
Szetela, whose career was threatened by a horrific leg injury, has played for the Columbus Crew, D.C. United and Racing Santander (Spain) and Brescia (Italy).
FC Motown head coach Sacir Hot, a former Red Bull, is putting together a talent squad. Last week the club signed ex-Red Bulls midfielder Dilly Duka.