Major League Soccer on Friday signed U.S Under-20 star Danny Szetela.

Szetela signs with Major League Soccer


Position: Midfield
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 170
Birthdate: June 17, 1987
Hometown: Clifton, N.J.

"Danny's physical size allows him to be a force to be reckoned with in the middle. He's very good at combining with players, has a great work rate and a good quick burst of speed to get past people. He's definitely a rising star."
-U.S. Under-17 MNT head coach John Ellinger

A skillful player who is most comfortable in the center of the field ... Doesn't shy away from contact and is willing to be aggressive and dish out tough tackles ... Can play as either an attacking midfielder or a holding midfielder.

U.S. Under-20s:
2004: Has been one of Under-20 head coach Thomas Rongen's most solid players so far this year, playing in 10 matches (third most of any player), starting in nine games ... Has snagged four caps for the U-20s this year ... Recently traveled with the team to South Korea for a four-team international tournament.

U.S. Under-17s:
2003: The second-youngest player behind 14-year-old Freddy Adu named to the Under-17 CONCACAF qualifying roster and FIFA Under-17 World Championship roster... Started in all four of the USA's matches in the World Championship, helping the U.S. to a fifth-place finish ... Scored six goals and dished out 12 assists in 2003 ... Scored the Under-17s first goal of the year in a 1-0 win over AC Milan on January 1 ... Emerged as one of the most talented players on the field for the Under-17s during his time in residency.

U.S. Under-16s:
2002: Played with the Under-16s in early 2002 ... Played for the U-16's in an international tournament in England, scoring one goal in three games ... Joined U.S. Soccer's full-time Residency Program in September, 2002.

U.S. Under-14s: Participated in the 2001 Under-14 Boys National Team camp.

High School: Graduated in May of 2004 from Edison Learning Center in Bradenton, Fla. ... Named a High School All-American as a freshman.

Personal: His mother, Krystyna, is raising three kids alone ... His father passed away when he was younger ... Names his father as his biggest role model ... Has three brothers (Tom, Derrick, Greg) and one sister Aneta ... Lists his favorite player as Andres D'Allessandro ... Enjoys dancing.