Maryland sophomore Zack Steffen
, who is expected to start in goal for the USA in Under-20 World Cup qualifying in January, will forgo his final two seasons at
Maryland to sign with German Bundesliga club Freiburg.
Steffen was named Defensive Most Valuable Player at the 2013 College Cup and took top defensive
honors in the Terrapins' first Big Ten Tournament.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for Zack and we could not be more proud of him,” head coach Sasho Cirovski
said. “Zack is going to have a long and prosperous soccer career and we feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to help Zack in his growth
both as a player and as a person.” U.S. under-20 national team: Honduras camp roster
Steffen was a potential Philadelphia Union Homegrown
signing, affiliated via FC Delco, for which he played as a youth, but the Union is loaded in goal with Rais M'Bolhi
and Andre Blake
Freiburg has one American on its first team: former U-20 midfielder Caleb
, who is sidelined with a knee injury.
Steffen is the fourth Terp to leave early and sign with a European club after Robbie Rogers
(Heerenveen), Taylor Twellman
(Munich 1860) and Philip Salyer
(Werder Bremen). All three returned to play in MLS without
ever playing for the first team of their European club.