Daniel Steres - LA Galaxy II
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LA Galaxy sign defender Daniel Steres to first-team contract

The LA Galaxy announced on Thursday they have signed defender Daniel Steres from LA Galaxy II. Per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Steres, who captained LA Galaxy II last season, earned three-straight All-League Team selections in USL, first with the Wilmington Hammerheads in 2013 and then with Galaxy II in each of the last two years. He joins defender Dave Romney and goalkeeper Clement Diop as Galaxy II players that have signed MLS contracts with LA.

“Daniel has been an important part of LA Galaxy II’s success during the past two seasons,” LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said in a club statement. “He has continued developing while earning meaningful and consistent minutes in USL. We look forward to his contributions to our team.”

Steres, 25, was a mainstay in the Los Dos defense for the second straight season in 2015, starting 24 matches – the most of any Galaxy II defender – while adding two goals in regular season play. The Calabasas, California product started all four of Galaxy II’s USL Playoff matches, leading the team to the 2015 USL Championship Game. He earned LA Galaxy II Defender of the Year honors for the second-straight year.

The defender was born in Burbank, California, and played four seasons at San Diego State University. Steres was selected by Chivas USA in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft, but didn't make the team before joining the Seattle Sounders later that year.

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