Danny Szetela: “I love this game and I don’t want to retire yet, I still have a lot in the tank to give. ” (Photo courtesy of Morris Elite FC)
By Michael Lewis
Danny Szetela saw it as an opportunity, not only to continue to play but to teach the game to younger players.
That is why the former Cosmos captain midfielder decided to continue his career with Morris Elite FC in USL League Two.
Morris Elite FC announced his signing Friday. On March 16, the league said that Szetela had agreed to a contract, but that it was pending U.S. Soccer Federation approval.
“This is an opportunity for me to be able to pass on what I learned to the younger players on the team as well as the USL academy players,” Szetela said. “I love this game and I don’t want to retire yet, I still have a lot in the tank to give. I’ve seen the growth of Morris elite since it started and I’m confident to say that it’s a great club for youth players as well as players my age. I believe in the vision Vincenzo [Bernardo, team owner] has for this club and I’m proud to be a part of it.”
A native of Clifton, N.J., the 33-year-old Szetela played the last eight seasons with the Cosmos in the North American Soccer League, National Premier Soccer League and National Independent Soccer Association.
“After speaking to the coaching staff it’s clear that the team has a lot of quality young players and Javier [Velasco] is a great coach. It is important to always set our goals high and our goal is to be champions.”
Szetela was a member of the Cosmos since their reboot in 2013, playing for three NASL championship teams (2013, 2015 and 2016) and reaching the final a fourth time.
The Cosmos are not participating in the NISA during the spring season. It was not known what their future plans were.
Morris Elite FC will open its USL League Two season at home against FC Motown May 9 at 7 p.m.