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Danny Szetela

Soccer

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Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170 lbs.
Born: June 7, 1987
Hometown: Clifton, N.J.
Club: Brescia Calcio (Italy)
MNT Caps/Goals: 2/0
U-23 MNT Caps/Goals: 0/0

  • A combative center midfielder with the ability to get forward, as he has shown in his career with a variety of Youth Teams
  • Set up the game-winning goal against Switzerland in his first-ever Men's National Team appearance
  • In his first start for the senior team, he partnered fellow U-23 squad member Michael Bradley in the center of midfield during the U.S. 1-0 victory over Barbados in World Cup Qualifying in June

U.S. National Team - 2007: Earned first cap with the full Men's National Team on Oct. 17, 2007 against Switzerland ... Set up game's lone goal, a game winner in the 88th minute, by playing a ball into the box ... Second cap and first-ever start came in World Cup Qualifying in June, helping the U.S. to a 9-0 aggregate win over Barbados... Under-23s: Has yet to spend time with the U-23s leading up to the Olympics ... Under-20s: Had breakout performance at FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada... Scored three goals... Tallied lone U.S. goal in 1-1 draw with South Korea on July 3 ... Scored two goals against Poland in 6-1 victory... Played in all three games of 2007 qualifying campaign... A knee injury in 2006 kept him away from the team for most of the year... Played in two matches in the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in Holland... Started the USA's final group game against Egypt ... Played in two qualifiers in 2005... Played in six international games in 2005 ... Was one of the top players on the team in 2004 despite turning 17 in June of that year ... Earned eight caps and made the Busan International Tournament roster ... Under-17s: Joined Residency Program in September 2002 ... Was the youngest player to travel to Finland that year for three matches ... Finished the year with 23 appearances and 17 starts ... Was the second-youngest player on the 2005 Under-17 World Championship roster ... Started all four matches of the World Championship, helping the U.S. to a fifth-place finish ... Played in 11 matches with the U-17s in 2004 before graduation in May

Professional: Transferred to Brescia Calcio of Italy's Serie B in July 2008 ... Spent most of the previous season with the team after going on loan ... Signed with Racing Santander of La Liga in August of 2007 ... Was allocated to the Columbus Crew in July 2004... Started four games as a rookie... First career point came against Colorado in the final regular-season game of the year... Appeared in 16 games, starting 13, in 2005... Suffered a knee injury and missed most of the 2006 season

Personal: Both of his parents were born in Poland... Speaks fluent Polish... Father passed away when he was younger... Lists his father as his biggest role model... has three brothers, Tom, Derrick and Greg and one sister, Aneta.