Defender Daniel Steres, 29, has re-signed with the LA Galaxy, per an announcement from the club. Steres initially signed with LA Galaxy II in 2015. He found his way to the first team in 2016 and has since made 102 appearances for the Galaxy, with 94 starts. In 2019, Steres scored three goals, tied for third-most on the team.
“We are excited to bring back Daniel to continue as part of our defense,” LA Galaxy general manager Dennis te Kloese in the club’s release. “He is an experienced player who brings continuity to our backline and we look forward to him remaining a part his hometown club.”
Galaxy acquire 2020 SuperDraft pick
The Galaxy acquired a 2020 natural fourth-round SuperDraft pick from FC Cincinnati in exchange for the rights to former academy player Zico Bailey. If certain performance-based metrics are met by Bailey in his time in MLS, the Galaxy will receive an additional $50,000 in general allocation money.
“We look forward to adding Zico in the preseason to see where he is in his development,” FC Cincinnati general manager Gerard Nijkamp said in a prepared statement. “As a young talent, we believe he will benefit from the opportunity to continue developing alongside our senior roster players.”
Bailey signed with the LA Galaxy academy in 2013, and played in the team’s youth system until he began his collegiate career at California State University, Fullerton in 2018. After his first year at Fullerton, Bailey signed with Kalmar FF of the Swedish first division, then joined FC Helsingør of the Danish second division to finish out 2019.
Bailey will join FC Cincinnati as a homegrown player following the receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.
Safe standing in ‘Victoria Block’
The newly renovated safe-standing supporters’ section at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., is now known as “Victoria Block.” The new moniker references Victoria Street, the street just to the north of the stadium.
Since opening in 2003, the stadium itself has undergone several name changes: Home Depot Center (2003-2013), StubHub Center (2013-2018) and finally Dignity Health Sports Park (2019- present). With the frequent name changes, small groups of regular fans began using some form of “Victoria Street” to maintain some form of continuity.
“Over the past few seasons, Angel City Brigade and the Galaxians have been in discussions and initial planning stages to do the same chants and drums in the north end of the stadium,” Victoria Block leadership said in a statement. “With the LA Galaxy committed to providing safe standing and the inclusion of new supporter group Galaxy Outlawz, Victoria Block will provide a unified supporters section in the north end of the Dignity Health Sports Park that will be unrivaled in MLS.”
Victoria Block will encompass the majority of the northern end of the stadium, from sections 120-123, and house three of the four official Galaxy supporter groups.