2016: In what Head Coach Bruce Arena called one of the Galaxy’s biggest surprises of the season, 2015 LA Galaxy II defender Daniel Steres made 31 appearances and 29 starts after signing his first team contract with LA Galaxy on Dec. 17, 2015. On March 6, Steres made his MLS debut in the Galaxy’s season opener at StubHub Center and scored the team’s opening goal in a 3-1 win over D.C. United. A strong season saw Steres start each of the Galaxy’s three playoff matches.
Before joining the Galaxy, Steres captained LA Galaxy II in 2015, leading the side to the 2015 USL Western Conference Champion.
With Los Dos, Steres earned three-straight All-League Team selections in USL. Steres was a mainstay in the Los Dos defense for the second straight season, starting in 24 matches – the most of any Galaxy II defender – while adding two goals in regular season play. The Calabasas, California, product started in all four of Galaxy II’s USL Playoff matches, leading the team to the 2015 USL Championship. He earned the LA Galaxy II Defender of the Year award for the second-straight year.
The defender was born in Burbank, California, and attended Calabasas High School. A three-time Jewish Community Center (JCC) Macabi Championship Team member, he earned a scholarship to San Diego State University, where he played all four years and went on to earn All-Pac-19 honors. The former Los Dos captain was selected by Chivas USA in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft with the 28th overall pick, but later joined with Seattle Sounders FC after being selected in the 2012 MLS Waiver Draft.
Steres signed for the Wilmington Hammerheads ahead of the 2013 USL Season and went on to lead the team in goals with seven in addition to recording three assists. He was named the team MVP that season before he returned to Southern California to sign with Galaxy II.