By NICHOLAS MURRAY – firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Coming off a standout season in 2013 for Wilmington Hammerheads FC which saw him earn his first USL All-League selection, Daniel Steres got a call offering him a unique opportunity.
After two seasons with the LA Galaxy II, the Burbank, Calif. native is getting ready for his first season in Major League Soccer after signing with the Galaxy.
“Part of what was intriguing in the Galaxy offer was that no one else was doing it,” Steres said in an interview with SoccerNation.com’s Dike Anyiwo. “It looked like a great way to bridge the gap between academies and MLS. Because of the MLS and USL partnership, the league has grown and we are starting to see more guys go from USL to MLS.”
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Steres had difficulty finding a foothold in MLS after stints with Chivas USA and Seattle Sounders FC didn’t pan out, which brought him to Wilmington in 2013. After being named a finalist for Rookie of the Year, Steres returned to the West Coast and became a key figure in Los Dos’ first two seasons as he made 50 regular-season appearances, and captained the side to the 2015 USL Championship before the side fell to the Rochester Rhinos.
Alongside fellow defender David Romney and goalkeeper Clement Diop, Steres became the third Galaxy II player to earn an MLS contract in the team’s short history, fulfilling the Galaxy management’s goal of utilizing the team as a platform that will produce MLS-caliber players.“Part of the reason I came in the first place is because they told me they were looking to really develop players for the first team,” Steres said. “We believe it and hope that it’s true. The Galaxy II structure is kind of designed to bring players into the first team so we’re optimistic that the opportunity is there. Obviously, they [Galaxy front office] are going to bring in big names, they are the Galaxy, but it’s good that they have this commitment to developing their own players.”