Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Beppe Zanardelli/Agenzia Reporter
Szetela in Italian action
After dealing with nagging injuries to his Achilles heel and groin, Brescia midfielder Danny Szetela is ready to help Brescia make a run towards promotion to Italy's Serie A.
The New Jersey-born midfielder has been receiving playing time - mostly in the the second half - in recent weeks with the Serie B club, and hopes to be 100% soon.
"Things are going well here in Italy," Szetela told YA, shortly after he played with Brescia's reserve team in a midweek match against Inter Milan's reserves. "I was able to play the full 90 minutes today so I feel good."
"My injuries came at a time when the team was winning without me, so cracking back into the starting lineup has been a challenge. I'm getting healthy now and hope to contribute this weekend against Livorno. It's a really big game for us."
Szetela, 21, on loan from Spanish La Liga entrants Racing Santander until the end of the season, is unsure if he will be venturing back to Santander, remain in Italy or try his luck elsewhere.
"I really like Italy, even though I ultimately want to play in England," the former Columbus Crew player admitted. "I'm very comfortable here at Brescia and want to continue playing here for now. We have 10 games left and we are just eight points behind Parma, the second place team.
"We want to get ourselves in one of the top two spots so we can qualify for automatic promotion and avoid a playoff scenario. I would love the chance to play in Serie A against teams like AC Milan, Inter and Juventus."
Szetela has been capped twice by United States, including a start last June in a 1-0 World Cup qualifying win against Barbados. Despite his injury setbacks, Szetela is optimistic about his future with the USMNT.
"I've had some contact with the USSF and Coach Bradley. I know that he is looking to call players who are fully fit and have been receiving significant playing time. Hopefully once I am one-hundred percent healthy, I'll be able to contribute to the USMNT."
Brescia currently sit fifth in the Serie B standings with 50 points and square off on Sunday at home against third place Livorno who sit three points ahead.