Daniel Steres (born November 11, 1990) is an American professional soccer player who plays for the LA Galaxy in Major League Soccer as a defender.
Early and personal life
Steres was born in Burbank, California, to Suzie and Mark Steres, and has a younger brother Andrew. He is Jewish, and became a bar mitzvah at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. He is known to be a fan of the London team Tottenham Hotspur. As a youngster, he looked up to his favorite player, Cobi Jones. He now lives in Long Beach, California.
College and amateur
Steres started playing soccer with a U-11 team and played with the same team to U-19, during which the club won a Dallas Cup championship. He played four years for Calabasas High School. He twice was a Maramonte League selection and was all-California Interscholastic Federation. Steres was a three-time member of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Maccabi U.S. championship team.
Steres played four years of college soccer at San Diego State University between 2008 and 2011. In 2009, he was All-Pac-10 (Honorable Mention), Pac-10 All-Academic Team (Honorable Mention), and in 2010, he was All-Pac-10 (Second Team). He was named to the Jewish Sports Review's 2010 Men's All-America College Soccer Team.
Steres was drafted 28th in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA, but did not earn a contact with the team. He was selected by Seattle Sounders FC in the 2012 MLS Waiver Draft and signed with the club on June 23, 2012, and mostly played at center back for the team.
In 2013 with the Wilmington Hammerheads, Steres led the team in goals with seven and had three assists. He received the team's Most Valuable Player award and was named to the 2013 USL PRO All-League Second Team. In the 2014 season, Steres signed for LA Galaxy II and in the following season, he was named captain. He led the Galaxy to their first USL Championship final. During the two seasons he was with LA Galaxy II, Steres was named Defender of the Year in both seasons.
After two seasons with LA Galaxy's reserve team, Steres was rewarded with a first-team contract on December 17, 2015. He scored in his debut against DC United on a corner kick from Mike Magee. The goal started a come-from-behind win.