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June 11, 2012 at 3:44 PM

A stop and chat with Daniel Steres

steres mug.jpgAs covered last week, the Sounders selected two players in the MLS waiver draft: defender Daniel Steres and forward Dawyne Smith. Coach Sigi Schmid talked about those moves in a post from earlier today, including a note that they liked Steres from the Sounders’ combine and from a trial several months ago.

I talked to Steres, who was taken by Chivas USA in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft, after training Monday and here is the transcript of that quick conversation:

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(What have the past few days been like?) “I was excited to get back up here. I was hanging back in L.A. and San Diego, training there. I’m excited to get back up here and being with the team.”

(Did I see you were just with the Ventura County Fusion?) “I was just playing with a PDL team to get some games.”

(How did your first experience go with the Sounders when you were training here earlier in the year?) “I enjoyed it. I liked the level and everything, and thought it was good being in training every day. The team was really welcoming. I felt good being up here earlier and was hoping that I could come back now, and luckily they picked me. I’m excited to be here again.”

(Did the Sounders tell you then that the waiver draft might be a possibility for you?) “Yeah, we were talking … that this would be a certain date that they could take me if they were going to this year. I was definitely talking to them all the way up to here. I was excited when I got the news and was waiting for the call.”

(How much did you know about the process of how you’d have to come here?) “I didn’t know much about it. I found out about the rights thing while I was up here. I did find out about the draft and how that all works, so I was hoping I’d get picked because that puts me here with the team right in the middle of the season. I was talking with my agent and figured it all out.”

(Schmid said earlier that there isn’t an open roster spot available to you right now. What’s your mindset as you come in trying to earn one?) “I know I’m up here now and nothing is given. It’s an opportunity and I have to make what I can of it. I’m glad to be up here in training every day and get back to the level that I probably haven’t been playing at in a while. Just trying to make that spot and try to get on the team, and get into the lineup.”

(Where do you like to play?) “I’m probably a center back by trade, but I’ve played a lot of defensive mid the last couple months in the PDL and I’ve played right and left back a little bit. But I’m pretty sure they’re looking at center back for me.”

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