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American Danny Szetela Set to Join Newcastle

News is circulating that Danny Szetela of the US under-20 team has signed for Newcastle United and while we don’t think that’s entirely accurate we do expect Danny to sign sometime today with Newcastle then officially announcing the signing.

Roma, Brescia and even Lazio have been after the player since he starred for the US in the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada during the summer. Those were the same championships that David Edgar captained the young Canadian side.


American Danny Szetela – just turned 20 and in Newcastle’s sights

Conflicting reports have the Clifton, New Jersey born midfielder headed from Rome to England, but Danny has always said he wanted to play in England and we do expect him to end up at Newcastle today. Goal.com reported yesterday that the deal was done.

Roma had negotiated a transfer fee with MLS in the region of ₤75K to ₤100K, but that deal fell through after Szetela parted ways with his agent at the time. The latest news is that Szetela will sign a pre-contract and leave the MLS this winter (January 1st), which means he will spend the next few months with the Columbus Crew.

Szetela turned 20 years-old in June and has made 34 appearances since joining Columbus in 2004 as a 17 year old. He signed on the strength of a fine display at the 2003 U-17 World Cup in Finland. Danny is 5’11” and plays in central midfield. He’s a strong lad and scored 3 goals in this summer’s FIFA U-20 World Cup. Szetela was also the youngest player of the U.S. Under-20 team at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands.

One worrying aspect is that Szetela has been plagued with injuries, including a broken left foot, a sprained right knee, and a concussion over the last three years. In 2006, he saw action in only 4 matches due to his injuries.

But that will not put Big Sam off because his strength is getting and keeping players fit. We think this will be a good signing because there are several excellent young Americans coming through state-side. Now that the Premier League is broadcast regularly both on Fox Sports (Sky) and Setanta Sports in the US, the games are being watched by the youngsters who are becoming more educated on the game when played at the highest level. This is an attraction to young players like Szaetala as they can see a career progression even if it’s not in the US. England is always an attractive place for Americans to play.

We’ve always thought that Newcastle should buy an MLS team and use it as a feeder team not only to get good young US players coming through, but also South Americans. We’ll wait and see on this one (but not for too long) and maybe there’ll be 3 players announced by Newcastle today.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Not exactly the sensational news I was hoping for from the club. Goalkeepers aside, American’s haven’t exactly set the Premiership alight in the past. Freddy Adu, the US wonderkid wasn’t deemed good enough for ManU’s reserves, so why should this kid be any better?

    I look forward to being proved wrong.

    A little cameo from DB23 in January – now that would be interesting!

  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #2

    Well – we think he’s one for the future.
    We need to get Faye and Beye in today – and get 3 points tomorrow – and then things will be looking good 😀

  • gatuso

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    why he can’t join newcastle now?
    why from January?

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #4

    im really really excited to see beye arrive! he is going to be brilliant and we are are going to be solid at the back for once!! and when everybody is fit BS is going to have such a hard job picking the team. I just do not know what our best 11 is anymore!!

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 31, 2007 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    by the way how did jose enrique look on wednesday?? did anybody see enough of the game to comment on him?

  • Edd Case

    Aug 31, 2007 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    Actually, there are several very good yanks.

    I can’t think of any right now, but there are, I’m sure of it….

  • Dirk

    Aug 31, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    enrique looked a solid lb, didn think him entirely fit but by the looks he only needs a few more matches to b firin all cylinders! definately a gd purchase from sam.

  • Tony L

    Aug 31, 2007 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #8


    There is a rumour attached to the link above stating that if Boro don’t sign Samaras then Amoebi is the next target. Probably another load of bull.

  • michael

    Aug 31, 2007 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #9

    I wonder will he be a real life Nunez. I am off course referring to the film Goal! Are the yanks more aware of us because of the movie? Was it even big over there? Any yankees help us out on the Toons popularity over there.
    P.S. If you haven’t seen the movie goal, don’t bother. It really is gash, if you want to see an NUFC movie get the one with the 2 bairns who nick Shearer’s car and that. Can’t remember the title but it’s about trying to afford FFS’s extortionate ticket prices.

    P.P.S. Any 20yr old coming to the club is good, especially if he was the best player at the U20 world cup (word of mouth only not to be taken seriously) this year. Cheaper than Drenthe too (Probably not as good though!)

  • Bill F

    Aug 31, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #10

    A lot of the Yanks look good in their own league but that seems to apply to many European leagues as well. The few that do play in this country do OK, I for one do not care where they come from so long as they do the biz. Any one watch the Martian league?

  • Cockney Magpie

    Aug 31, 2007 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Michael i think you are thinking of the film Purely Belter, Great film i bought it off ebay

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Signing Joe Cole – now that would be Purely Belta!

  • aaron d

    Aug 31, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #13

    I think that this will be good signing, young and talented will be on small wages and will cost around £100k, so can be loaned out to championship if no good then, wouldn’t have lost much.

  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #14
  • Toon Chicken

    Aug 31, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #15

    From the BBC website…

    Shady77’s got a message from his Dad who works at Teesside airport and has seen Newcastle chairman Chris Mort going out to greet someone off a private jet that flew in from Barcelona. Deco maybe?

  • michael

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #16

    I am insanely jealous of “The Crews” badge/ logo on their shirt. Why can’t we have a cool hippity hop styling badge on our strips! Newcastle Magpies sounds so much better than boring old United.

  • rich

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    I say this rumour is pants.

  • Dane Bull

    Aug 31, 2007 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #18


  • Keep Oba

    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #19

    The Senior level americans are nothing to get excited for…but there are a few in the U21 side that have alot of potential. Szetela is a pretty decent player. Works hard and does have some skill. Also I believe he has a Polish passport if that helps him get work in Europe. Freddy Adu went to Benfica, and Jozy Altidore will be swallowed up by some decent Euro side as soon as he is 18. Szetela would be a much better signing from America than Gooch was…he probably wont get fat and slow either.

  • Keep Oba

    Aug 31, 2007 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #20

    And Michael…I have no idea what you are talking about…I like the classic name and look of Newcastle…the Crew aren’t even popular in the states…I am sure most people couldn’t name them as a MLS team. As for their logo…I think Newcastle has one of the best logos in all of football. Bolton or Fulham sure…they could use some new logos

  • Cathal

    Aug 31, 2007 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #21

    all signings look very good, beye is a great right back, similar to sagna of arsenal. faye will provide good cover at centre half, right full and in midfield and this american fella sounds lik a good signing. many top players including paolo maldini have continuosly repeated how the usa will produce some of the best players in the world in the coming yrs. not my opinion but we will see. hes cheap so its not exactly going to be a hugo viana catastrophe if it doesnt workout.

  • iain

    Aug 31, 2007 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #22

    good idea that to form a partnership with an mls club to place south american players at who cant get work permits. even a dutch/belgian feeder club closer to home would be usefull. arsenal did alright using that method to get toure and eboue for peanuts.

    there have been some real quality mexican/SA players come through in recent years and you cant help but think the pl is the one european league yet to be able to fully tap into the potential of south american players.

    wenger has probably the best young mexican talent in carlos vela on the books at arsenal but has had to loan him out back to mexican clubs and spanish clubs.

    mexico must be one of the most underated footballing countries right now but there best players are having to go to eastern european clubs to play in inferior leagues like greece/ukraine as nery castillo has done.

    pato/augusto/vela/guardado/castillo/dos santos probably some of the best young talent in the world, yet the self titled best league in the world cant attract the worlds best youngsters from south america. seems a bit odd to me.


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