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Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Columbus Crew midfielder Danny Szetela could be on his way to Italian giants Roma, as the Giallorossi seem to have won the battle for the New Jersey native.

"He is a player that interests the club," a Roma spokeswoman speaking on terms of anonymity told YA. "If something happens it will happen before the end of the market on August 31st."

Szetela, who had an impressive showing at the U20 World Cup in Canada by scoring three goals in the Americans' run to the quarterfinals, has been subject of interest of numerous European clubs including Everton, Middlesbrough, Siena and Roma city rivals Lazio.

Roma, who has reportedly already signed the 20-year old to pre-contract, would become Szetela's employer in December when the youngster's contract with MLS officially expires.

"Maybe it is true," the Roma official said when quizzed about the agreement. "However, I am not at liberty to comment. When and if the deal gets done, we will make an official statement."

Should Szetela sign, he would follow teammates Freddy Adu and Sal Zizzo as the third Under-20 player to join a European club since the conclusion of the World Cup. Adu signed with Portuguese giants Benfica, while Zizzo signed with Bundesliga club Hannover 96.
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