CHAD WINGER - Tuesday, June 22, 2004
Seventeen-year old American midfielder Danny Szetela is set to sign with Major League Soccer, despite previous indications he would sign abroad.
"In Europe, I have to be 18 years-old to sign a professional contract," Szetela said. "I don't want to sign a youth contract so it's probably best to stay in MLS for a few years."
Rumors have the MLS offering the talented prospect an initial three-year contract close to the league's maximum salary of $280,000.
The MetroStars would likely be his final destination, reuniting him with former Under-17 teammate Eddie Gaven, who he played with in last summer's Youth World Cup in Finland.
Szetela had previously been linked to Inter Milan, Manchester City and Manchester United.