CHAD WINGER - Friday, August 31, 2007
Szetela will move to Spain
Columbus Crew and USMNT Under-20 midfielder Danny Szetela has spurned moves to AS Roma and Newcastle United in favor of joining to Spanish meddlers Racing Santander.
"I went through lots of options over the last few days," Szetela told YA. "I thought Racing would be best right now cause of the style they play."
"I am getting ready to leave later today for my phsyical."
Through his parents, Szetela holds a Polish passport and will not count towards Spain's strict non-EU player limit policy.
Szetela, whose contract was due expire on December 31, will cost the Spaniards a nominal fee - reportedly €100,000 - but MLS officials declined to comment on the figure citing league policy.
The now-ex Columbus Crew midfielder has been on European radars since 2003 when he put in a scintillating performance for the United States in that year's Under-17 World Cup in Finland as a 16-year old. Since then, Everton, Fulham, Manchester City, Manchester United, Reading and Inter Milan have all been suitors.
"It's always been a dream of mine to play in Europe. Over there the facilities and players are better, so I look forward to getting better."
Szetela appeared in 28 matches for Columbus over three seasons, though he missed most of 2006 with injury.
Racing Santander opened their Primera Liga campaign last weekend by holding Barcelona scoreless.