After spending two years playing in Spain and Italy, Danny Szetela is on his way back to the United States to play in MLS for DC United.
The midfielder had spent the previous season and a half on loan to Italian Serie B club Brescia from Spanish Primera Division club Racing Santander, but was never offered a permanent contract by the Italian club.
The New Jersey native says that he will now return to play in the nation's capital after officially being acquired by the four-time MLS Cup winners on Wednesday.
"I am coming back to play in MLS," Szetela confirmed to YA.
Szetela started his professional career in MLS with the Columbus Crew before signing with Racing following his breakout performance at the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup where he scored three goals.
After a half season in Cantabria, the Polish passport carrying player was loaned to Brescia where he appeared in 26 matches with the Rondinelle and scored one goal.
Szetela admits that he enjoyed his time at the northern Italian club but more important reasons factored into his decision to come back stateside.
"I liked it there at Brescia, but for family reasons I needed to come back closer to home. I hope after a couple years I'll be able to return to Europe to play again", Szetela noted.
Brescia advanced to the Serie B promotion playoff finals before losing the return leg to Livorno, thus missing out on a spot in Serie A this fall.
Szetela spent his final weeks at the club sitting on the bench and did not factor in any matches during the stretch run which also saw the curious firing of head coach Nedo Sonetti who was replaced by Alberto Cavasin with two games left in the season.
The former U-20 star admits that the upheaval and drama at the club this spring did also play a minor role in his decision.
"The coaching change at the end of the season factored into my decision somewhat, but mainly I just needed to get back and be close to my family," he summed up.
Szetela will not be available for DC United's upcoming match versus the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night, however the capital city club is optimistic that the necessary paperwork to permit the Garden State resident to play will be processed very soon.
"They're [coaches] hoping early next week for the receipt of the International Transfer Certificate," said DC United Director of Press and Media Relations Kyle Sheldon to YA.
In his previous stint in MLS, Szetela made only 34 appearances over the course of four injury plagued seasons.