Szetela set to begin trial with Philadelphia

A week after being released by D.C. United, Danny Szetela has found a team interested in giving him a look, and he might end up not waiting long to face his former club.

According to sources close to Szetela, the Philadelphia Union are bringing in the former U.S. youth national team star for a trial for the remainder of this week and next week, a stint that will come ahead of the Union's home opener at Lincoln Financial Field against D.C. United. Sources close to Szetela told SBI on Tuesday that the former U.S. national team midfielder will look to impress Union head coach Peter Nowak, who coached him with the U.S. Olympic team.

Szetela was let go by D.C. United, in part, because of the salary he was due in 2010 (and the arrival of a more reasonably-priced alternative in Kurt Morsink), and will look to earn a place on a Union squad that just happened to have a roster spot open up on Tuesday, when the Union waived defender David Myrie.

The Union played with Michael Orozco in a defensive midfield role, but if Szetela impresses and can earn a roster spot, he could force his way into minutes in central midfield, which would allow Nowak to move Orozco to a right back role. Myrie started at right back in Philadelphia's season-opening 2-0 loss to Seattle.

Philadelphia has a bye week this week. D.C. United will play host to New England after suffering a 4-0 loss to Kansas City in its season opener.

What do you think of Szetela trialing with Philadelphia? Can you see him sticking with the Union?

Share your thoughts below.

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52 Responses to Szetela set to begin trial with Philadelphia

  1. dooshbag says:

    Oh man! Now PU won’t stink so bad.

  2. grubbsbl says:

    After watching the Union’s first game I wouldn’t be surprised to see him make the roster. I honestly didn’t understand Nowak’s starting 11. Orozco in the holding role? Szetela will probably make it and score against United….

    I still can’t believe Szetela isn’t better than Morsink.

  3. hoyanick says:

    Salary cap concerns? Recent estimates in blogosphere have put DC’s spending near the BOTTOM of MLS this year.

  4. Scott says:

    seriously… I didn’t understand anything Nowak was trying to accomplish with his lineup. Anyone care to explain?

  5. DCD says:

    Nice move to get Szetela, although was Myrie really the right guy to cut? He had a weak game, but who didn’t? Mwanga was awful. Wouldn’t cut him. Not too many defenders left on the roster.

  6. Murphy says:

    Myrie’s flying body block on a Seattle player was ridiculous. This move makes a lot of sense. Szetela can help them a lot in midfield, and from their play vs. Seattle they need all the help they can get.

  7. alf says:

    For some reason Nowak forgot to bring on any natural central midfielders? Not sure Szetela will be much help though ….

  8. John Mason says:

    What about Cristian Arrieta Defender from USL, MVP & Defender of the Year 2009, do you think he will earn a ROster spot??

  9. RSL Rob says:

    It will be great for Philly to have a veteran presence in Szetela.

  10. Santastico says:

    Ives, what’s the rules regarding him being a waived player under the new CBA? Will PU have to offer something to DC? When does the re-entry draft come into play?

  11. Hutskizzle says:

    More young, inexperience players. Awesome! Everyone in MLS thanks you.

  12. Luis F says:

    If and when he earns a roster spot, we can all conclude that it really will be a long year in Philly. I’m sure that by the end of the year, Nowak will have cut at least two other players within a few days of a game. And Szetela will be one of them.

  13. Dominghosa says:

    Too bad for d. myrie, go from starter to waived after JUST ONE GAME. dang.

  14. MMMbello's Lad says:


  15. colin says:

    how is bringing one the best prospects in american soccer, two short years ago, in on a loan a bad thing?

    seems like nowak is looking to the future

  16. Igor says:

    Ives, do you really mean try Orozco at right back? If so, Philly might do even worse than last week

    Orozco is a central defender, left back in a pinch.

  17. DS says:

    Caught your sarcasm. That said, the guy has some talent, was wondering when a team would give him another look.

    On an unrelated note, how hysterical is the video related to this this product —————————————>

  18. Jammer says:

    What does DC plan to do with all their salary cap room?

  19. pettyfog says:

    Thanks a LOT, Colin!
    Tens of keyboards in Columbus Crew-Land being damaged by adult beverage-spew as I write this…

    In rumors section, Freddy Adu being considered by Union as a DP.

  20. Chris says:

    Yes, Myrie was the right guy to cut. If you look at his past, he played all of 0 minutes for a fire team. He was brought on by recommendation of Hackworth, and clearly his vouching for him was a stupid move, as the guy could not hang even at MLS level. He was constantly getting burned by Zakuani. Yes, he’s fast, but Myrie wasn’t even giving him a cushion, which you might do if you’ve been burned 3 times before.

  21. Fred says:

    The guys at UnitedMania’s podcast said they know what Szetela’s problem is but they can’t say. It sounded like he might have a drug or drinking problem. Maybe he can pull a Quaranta.

  22. Salty Dog says:

    Ones gotta wonder if Coach Novak gets the axe before the end of the season

  23. Vincent says:

    The eurosnobs would call Myrie nothing short of an ‘oaf’. I would’ve expected less roughousing from someone who spent time in an european academy system. This move makes alot of sense

  24. fischy says:


  25. fischy says:

    He was waived. Cleared waivers. Under any system, he’s free to sign with any team.

    Why is this so hard for folks to grasp?

  26. fischy says:

    That’s a very good question. I’m hoping: Seedorf or Vieira, plus a striker.

  27. fischy says:

    Sounds plausible. Gotta be some reason why they cut him the same day the Coach welcomed him back, proclaiming him 100% fit.

  28. northzax says:

    it isn’t a cap issue, it’s a straight spending issue. more like. Szetela (who I had high hopes for) was making three times what Morsink is making. that’s a lot of money for a player who can’t crack a bad starting lineup.

  29. Ski Fast! says:

    As mentioned above, I am also wondering about Cristian Arrieta who is now on trial with the club this week. Since he’s a defender and Philadelphia Union have just released a defender, Arrieta could potentially become Myrie’s replacement should he impress.

  30. shovel says:

    freddy adu as a DP that is a good one, This just in Alejandro Moreno has one the golden boot!!

  31. dude says:

    do you mean won the golden boot?

  32. dude says:

    yes he will replace Myrie.

  33. Joamiq says:

    Bah. This is probably a good move for PU. Szetela at d-mid and Orozco at fullback would both be upgrades.

  34. guwinster says:

    So isn’t Myrie a starter? Phili really must be high on Arieta.

  35. Josh D. says:

    I think I speak for most DC fans when I say – We’d take him back if you’re stupid enough to drop one of the top coaches!

  36. Josh D. says:

    I had high hopes for Danny when he arrived. He was one of my favorite players when he was with the youth setup. Terribly upset when he was waived but I would have to agree, must be an abuse problem of some kind and sadly, again, DC doesn’t have the means to counsel youths when they don’t come immaculate.

    Hope to see Danny bounce back, he’s one hell of a talent and if he can reach his game of 2-3 years ago, I think he’s a starter for Philly.

    Nowak knows what he’s doing with him, having coached him before, and hopefully he’ll come through.

  37. Josh D. says:

    Danny is an attacking midfielder who seems to prefer playing off the wing… He’s defiently not a defensive midfielder and won’t be expected to break up attacks…

    (SBI-Szetela can play the deep-lying central midfield role and did so on every youth level he played. He is not an attacking midfielder. Heck, he wasn’t even an attacking midfielder in high school. He can provide an offensive spark from central midfield, but he’s no playmaker. And while he can play on the wing if called upon, it’s not really a natural position for him.)

  38. Joamiq says:

    True, he’s more offensive than a typical d-mid. What I was referring to, though, was Szetela taking the minutes Orozco was playing as a d-mid.

  39. bc says:

    Is Orozco right footed or left footed?

  40. DaveW says:

    From watching the Seattle game I would say he favored his right slightly but was pretty good with his left as well. Ambidextrous(ambipedal?) shades of Carlos Salcido, Beto Medina and Pablo Barrera. The use of both feet, not the talent level.

  41. colin says:

    it’s still just a trial. that’s my point. i’m not saying he’s ever going to amount to more than a decent MLS player, but three years ago he had a hell of a u-20 world cup and was on the rise. things obviously haven’t panned out, but it’s still just a trial. no one’s committed anything.

    and nowak knows him.

    sorry about the key boards. 17 year olds (at the time he started in columbus, i believe) who don’t quite meet lofty expectations don’t make me spit up my adult beverage.

  42. derrick says:

    i don’t know much about Szetela. if he sucks or what. if he’s a lost cause. But it seems like it’s bad for the development of american soccer if a good player, is let go for a cheap, mediocre player and has no place to go.

  43. kfly says:

    You speak for this DCU fan, anyway.

  44. Wispy says:

    I think Fred being suspended for a red card in last season’s closing game really tied Nowak’s hands. He needed someone to partner play in midfield and Orozco was probably the best option. If Szetela impresses, I see the starting XI as:

    ——-Moreno——Le Toux———–




  45. wispy says:

    And eventually, Mwanga. I just think he was trhust into the starting IX a bit early (and out of position).

  46. Scott says:

    I just think it’s weird that you go from starting Myrie… to cutting him. Doesn’t make too much sense to me. BUT I’m a Fire fan and he didn’t see 1 minute with us even when ALL of our defenders were out or injured. So he must suck.

  47. Brian D says:

    If you saw the game, it wasn’t all that surprising. He should have gotten a red card, too.

  48. Rex says:

    Szetela wont make it. He needs to be surrounded by a team of stabilizing veterans in order to move his career in the right direction. The union are the polar opposite.

  49. JRL says:

    As a local fan of the Union I am insulted by the approach the Union is taking. Their mentality is we want to build through youth so we are going to stink, but buy and ticket now and watch us stink and in the future we will get better. Why can’t we build from youth and not stink at the same time. For instance, getting a quality goalkeeper would have no effect on a youth movement. When the Union decides to play to win I will become an interested fan, but I will not pay for steak to watch hamburger.

  50. Jim Hall says:

    Are the players drug-tested? before or after they sign? maybe this is why Myrie was released.

  51. cwbyjnky says:

    They are an EXPANSION team, dude. Look at the NFL, NBA or MLB. They are building the right way, for the long term. Seitz IS a quality goal-keeper. How many expansion teams were playoff ready the first year? Your attitude is junk and I, as a Philly Union fan and season ticket holder, hope you don’t become an interested fan. We don’t need your fair weather attitude.