A second year midfielder who was selected by the Galaxy in the first round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft, Michael Stephens played in 25 games as a rookie last season, recording eight assists, which were more than any Galaxy rookie in a decade.
A fixture in Bruce Arena’s starting XI for much of the 2010 season, we helped prepare the Naperville, Ill. native for a spot in this year’s starting XI by asking him our First XI, a series of 11 hard-hitting questions designed to help you get to know the real Michael Stephens.
Best goal you’ve scored: My first goal with the Galaxy against the Crew last year. It was my first professional goal.
Best soccer memory: Probably my debut for the Galaxy.
Toughest opponent that you’ve ever faced: Real Madrid
Favorite stadium: The Home Depot Center, for sure.
Favorite pregame meal: Subway. Foot long turkey on wheat with everything.
Funniest teammate: Brian Perk. I spend the most time with him.
Worst dressed teammate: I don’t think I have much room to talk there. On a game day last year, I wore a plaid shirt and everyone thought it was so ugly that it got hung up from the ceiling of the locker room.
Best dressed teammate: Omar Gonzalez
Favorite sport to play other than soccer: Basketball. I play with Omar Gonzalez and Mike Magee and both of them are good.
Favorite restaurant: A new sushi place called Sugarfish in Marina del Rey
Career if you were not playing soccer professionally: I’d still be a student.
This article was originally published in the LA Galaxy Gameday Program. Be sure to pick up one of the new Gameday Programs, filled with exclusive content, match info and fun facts, the next time you're at The Home Depot Center for a Galaxy home match!