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2tone
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Post #1
Sunday October 13, 2013 7:01pm

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Danny Szetela's resurgence into professional soccer has been remarkable lately. Not 6 months ago Szetela was scouring the lowest rungs of the US soccer pyramid, but now he finds himself an important piece at CM for the New York Cosmos.

Szetela and the Cosmos find themselves rising form the ashes like a reborn Phoenix. Szetela has been one of the Cosmos best players for the past few months as Danny and the Cosmos sit atop of the NASL fall standings with 24 points. And he also seems to be rediscovering the type of form that had analysts and fans drooling about his USMNT prospects back in 2007.

Danny was at onetime considered a brighter prospect then Michael Bradley at CM. Obviously Szetela decided to go down a darker path as a professional soccer player with his drinking and lack of dedication as a pro while we all know about the exploits of MB90.

One has to think that MLS teams could very well be scouting him, and probably should be scouting him. I would not also put it past Reyna and NYCFC to be taking serious looks at Szetela as well.

Szetela and MB90 were almost perfect compliments for the 2007 U-20's. Could Szetela push himself back into the USMNT picture during the 2018 WC cycle? It's a possibility. I wouldn't say any CM is really distinguishing themselves in MLS or outside of MLS besides KLjestan and Bradley for the 2018 WC cycle. Holden will definitely not be the same player. Diskerud I forsee as a CAM, and there are few promising young players i.e. Kitchen, Stanko, Morales, and Williams but they have yet to really take the next step.

Danny may surprise us all and finally deliver on his potential during the 2018 WC cycle. As the Cosmos head coach has stated " he(Danny) hasn't reached is top level, yet."

stone88
Post #2
Sunday October 13, 2013 7:28pm

Joined Aug 2012
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I'm happy he has found love for the game again and is doing well and could maybe find himself on an MLS team oneday. HOWEVER, I honestly don't see him ever getting onto the USNT, the guy is 26 y/o and is just now getting back into the sport in the second division after like 4 years away from the game. I know he was highly touted in 07, but so was Fredy Adu and a number of other guys. I mean the he only played 4 games in 09 and since then nothing. I just don't see it. There is a bigger chance Holden and Adu deliver in 2018 than this guy.

dolcem
Post #3
Sunday October 13, 2013 7:35pm

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Gonna have to agree with stone. 26 and he's in the NASL. He missed out on those crucial years of his development. He's too old to make the improvements necessary to end up playing in Europe.

And as far as the comment about no good CM's young enough for 2018 distinguishing themselves other than Kljestan and Bradley, there's JF Torres. He's played very well this Apertura as a CM, as always.
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admsghs27
Post #4
Sunday October 13, 2013 7:42pm

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Yes no way he will ever play for the mnt.. His time is done.. Wasted years, and at 26 playing in nasl is over.. maybe he could still file a 1 time switch and play for Poland...

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #5
Sunday October 13, 2013 7:52pm

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Only time will tell. I usually don't give up on any player, even if I don't really rate that player. EJ is a perfect example of that.

stone88
Post #6
Sunday October 13, 2013 8:10pm

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Original post from 2tone

Only time will tell. I usually don't give up on any player, even if I don't really rate that player. EJ is a perfect example of that.


The difference is that EJ was already a great player. He had done well at two MLS clubs and been a contributing member of the USNT (even going to a world cup) before he got derailed by his European adventure. I agree never give up on anybody, but there really isn't much to judge this 26 y/o player on other than his youth national team time and his problems at the numerous clubs both here and in Europe. I wish him the best, but after everything he has gone through I'd just be mightly impressed if he made it onto an MLS team and contributed.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #7
Sunday October 13, 2013 11:26pm

Joined Jun 2012
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Actually, EJ is a great example to never give up on a player making the USMNT. EJ is not a great player. He is the perfect example of an underdeveloped player that can succeed in an underdeveloped league. You even have guys that don't play for their club that somehow get called into the national team, that being Parkhurst. Alan Gordon has a couple appearances as well. You don't necessarily have to be a great player to get a callup.

Good for Szetela. It's a great story. It's extremely premature with the national team talk. If he was really any good, he would be with an MLS team already.

admsghs27
Post #8
Monday October 14, 2013 12:01am

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There are probably 100 USA soccer players in better situations than Fanny, that have a chance to play for USA.. 2 players are Charlie, adu....

MSantoine
Post #9
Monday October 14, 2013 12:18am

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The key developing ages are 16-20. After that its learning to be a pro, proper diet, lifestyle, getting used to the grind. Technically he developed when he needed to. No reason to count him out and being invited to a camp (2016 camp cupcake?) should be a goal of his and isnt that far fetched. Look at guys like Alan Gordon

2tone
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Post #10
Monday October 14, 2013 5:07am

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Original post from richieJkulesaNY

Actually, EJ is a great example to never give up on a player making the USMNT. EJ is not a great player. He is the perfect example of an underdeveloped player that can succeed in an underdeveloped league. You even have guys that don't play for their club that somehow get called into the national team, that being Parkhurst. Alan Gordon has a couple appearances as well. You don't necessarily have to be a great player to get a callup.

Good for Szetela. It's a great story. It's extremely premature with the national team talk. If he was really any good, he would be with an MLS team already.


Szetela has the talent, that's not in question. What has always been in question is his off the field issues and immaturity. And from what I hear those issues are now sorted, and he is getting back to a very high level of play.

I am not suggesting that he will get back into the USMNT, only that the possibility could arise if he gets back to playing at high level for an MLS team. There are plenty of MLS teams that need a quality CM.