Danny Szetela: “I knew that was something I wanted to do after my career. And if I could still do it on the side of playing plus coaching and giving kids an opportunity to learn from my and other coaches from the Fox Soccer Academy, I think it’s amazing.” (Photo courtesy of the Cosmos)
By Michael Lewis
Danny Szetela is quite ready to hang up his soccer boots, but he figures he has gotten a head start on the next phase of his soccer career.
The Cosmos B captain has joined the Fox Soccer Academy to manage New Jersey locations for supplemental training, it was announced Thursday.
“Danny brings such great experience to Fox Soccer Academy,” Fox Soccer Academy CEO Eric Stover said. “He’s a local guy, understands grassroots soccer and played at a very high level in Europe and in the States. Plus, he’s a great person and a leader. Our kids will learn a lot from him.”
Szetela, 31, saw his involvement with the academy as a bridge to coaching, although the midfielder stressed he wasn’t ready to call it a career just yet.
“I’m very excited about this,” he said. “I always wanted to do coaching. I knew that was something I wanted to do after my career. And if I could still do it on the side of playing plus coaching and giving kids an opportunity to learn from my and other coaches from the Fox Soccer Academy, I think it’s amazing.”
FSA was co-founded by Leicester City left fullback and former Austrian international Christian Fuchs and his wife Raluca, who lives in Manhattan. Fuchs has given several clinics in the metropolitan area and has said that he wants to expand the academy.
Szetela said that one of the academy’s locations would be in his hometown of Clifton, N.J., among other communities.
“The United States doesn’t have an academy that’s going to be run the way the Fox Soccer Academy is going to be run,” he said. “You’re giving now players opportunities to go to Europe to get supplemental training by the best coaches and the best teachers. Can I say I’m the best teacher? I don’t know. Everyone obviously has a different thinking of soccer.
“There is a straight forward curriculum … bringing the best players, giving the best training, the best coaching.”
Szetela is in talks with the Cosmos for the upcoming season. Cosmos B will participate in the National Premier Soccer League from May through July next year and then the Cosmos will compete in the NPSL Founders Cup from August through November.
“Obviously, I still want to continue to play with the Cosmos,” he said. “Hopefully that works out and help continue to play with them, help them grow while helping the younger generation of players grow and become better soccer players.”
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