Racing Santander has signed United States under-20 midfielder Danny Szetela from Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew.
The deal for Szetela, who has signed a two-year contract, was completed just before the transfer deadline at 2200 GMT Friday.
Szetela, who recently held transfer talks with AS Roma, is the third member of the U.S. under-20 World Cup team to transfer to a club in Europe. He joins Freddy Adu, who signed with Portugal's Benfica from Real Salt Lake last week, and Sal Zizzo, who left UCLA to join Hannover 96 in the German Bundesliga.
Szetela signed with MLS in 2004 at 17, choosing to stay in the United States rather than accept offers from overseas, most notably from Everton. He knew he would be placed in a weighted draft lottery among MLS teams, but at the time expected to end up on the MetroStars, his hometown club that was renamed the New York Red Bulls last year.
Instead he joined the Crew, where _ due to a series of injuries _ he has played only 31 games over roughly three seasons. He scored three goals at the U20 World Cup in Canada in July to help the United States to the quarterfinals.
Szetela, who also holds a Polish passport, is one of nine players signed by Santander since last season when the team finished 10th in the 20-team division.
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