Maryland keeper Steffen signs with Freiburg

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.”

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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, Zac MacMath and Andre Blake.

Freiburg has one American on its first team: former U-20 midfielder Caleb Stanko, 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.
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