The San Francisco Deltas added two more signings, French winger Maxime Bourgeois and American midfielder Michael Stephens, for the 2017 season, the club announced Friday.
Bourgeois, 25, is taking the leap across the pond to play outside of his home country for the first time. A veteran of the French Football Federation’s youth program, Bourgeois played in the U-17, U-19 and tallied three goals and three assists for the U-20 squad. His professional career blossomed with Auxerre in Ligue 1, where he made an appearance against Ajax in the 2010 Champions League Group Stage. He most recently played for US Creteil-Lusitanos following stints with Laval and Chateauroux.
"Maxime can make things happen in the offensive third as a winger with his pace," Deltas coach Marc Dos Santos said. This experience in a new country will boost his career."
Stephens brings an impressive domestic resume to the Deltas. Stephens was drafted No. 16 overall in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the LA Galaxy following a standout collegiate career at UCLA where he was a two-time all-conference honoree and the 2008 Pac-10 Player of the Year. After helping the Galaxy to a pair of MLS Cup titles (2010 and 2011), Stephens ventured to Norway to play for former U.S. men’s national team head coach Bob Bradley at Stabæk Fotball. He came back to the U.S. to play two seasons with the Chicago Fire (2015–16), where he started 27 of his 37 appearances in the midfield. Stephens represented the U.S. youth national team for six years, including the 2009 U-20 World Cup.
"Michael is a very dynamic player who possesses the offensive mind we want in the midfield," Dos Santos said. "He provides a different dimension combined with the players we have."