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US duties hurting my LA Galaxy chances admits Stephens

LA Galaxy midfielder Michael Stephens admits his opportunities at the club have been diminished by his USA U23 obligations.

The 22-year old has been heavily involved with Caleb Porter's squad recently which has affected his game time with the Galaxy in both the MLS and CONCACAF Champions League.

But ahead of 2012 London Olympic Games qualifying, which kicks off later this week, Stephens says he would not pass up the chance to represent his country at such a prestigious tournament.

"It is tough, obviously," Stephens told MLSsoccer.com. "It hurts my standing here a little bit.

"But I think it's just overall a great honor and something that I don't think that anyone will ever pass up. It's really exciting for me and a big time for me."

But Stephens is well aware that the job is not yet done as the US team needs to get past the CONCACAF qualifying before even thinking about this summer's Games.

"There's a lot to do," he added. "First we have to qualify, and then there will be a lot that goes into making those selections, so I'll take it one step at a time."

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Andrew Slevison
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