One of the brightest talents in America’s youth system is heading overseas.
19-year-old Zack Steffen of the University of Maryland has decided to forgo his final two years of NCAA eligibility to sign with SC Freiburg of Germany’s Bundesliga.
Steffen, a sophomore goalkeeper, has played in every minute of every match during his two years as a Terrapin.
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The 6’2″ Downingtown, PA native has represented the United States internationally throughout his youth career, and cites the United States U18’s victory over the Netherlands as his biggest sports moment.
He was named Defensive Most Valuable Player at the 2013 College Cup as a freshman, despite Maryland losing to Notre Dame in the finals. He was also named defensive MVP in this season’s Big Ten Championships.
Speaking to the University of Maryland’s athletics website, Steffen thanked those who have helped him earn this tremendous opportunity.
My time at Maryland has been nothing short of spectacular. I want to thank my coaches and my teammates for an amazing two years in College Park. While at Maryland, I’ve had a chance to develop both on the field and off and I am excited to take the next step in my soccer career. I’d also like to thank the fans – the best in all of college soccer – for their incredible support.”
SC Freiburg currently sit in 16th out of 18 teams in the Bundesliga, managing only two wins from their first 14 matches.
Steffen will join fellow American Caleb Stanko at Freiburg, although Stanko is facing a long spell on the sidelines after tearing his ACL in September.