Danny Szetela will return for a sixth season with the Cosmos organization. (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
The Cosmos announced Saturday that midfielder Danny Szetela has signed a contract extension with the team.
Szetela, who has been with the organization since 2013, was named captain of the National Premier Soccer League team.
As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
It had been reported that the 30-year-old has signed with FC Motown.
Szetela has been a regular starter in the central midfield for the NASL team making more than 100 appearances in five seasons. He was the first player signed by new Cosmos B head coach Carlos Mendes.
“Danny is a high character guy and a great teammate,” Mendes said. “We’ve been through a lot of battles together over the years and I think it’s important to have an experienced guy like Danny captain this team.”
Szetela was happy to return to the club.
“It’s been a difficult time for the players and the fans,” he said. “I love this club and I’m happy to be back. We don’t know what the future holds, but I’m going to do whatever I can to help Carlos and the Cosmos be successful.”
A native of Clifton, N.J., Szetela joined the Cosmos in July 2013 after a two-year hiatus away from the game through injuries. Szetela turned professional in 2004 when he signed with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer at 16. 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 Serie B.
Szetela also has represented the United States national team at every level. He was a member of U.S. Soccer 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 reached 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.
“I’ve said it a lot over the last five or six years, the Cosmos gave me a chance to play again,” Szetela said. “I’m thankful for that and I hope to help us win an NPSL championship.”