MLS Moves: Former U-20 star Steffen joins Crew

Zack Steffen, who starred for the USA at the 2015 Under-20 World Cup, signed with the Columbus Crew as a Discovery Player following his transfer from German club Freiburg. The 21-year-old goalkeeper had signed with Freiburg after his second season at Maryland in 2014 but was limited to 14 appearances with Freiburg II in the fourth-level Regionalliga.

Steffen led the USA to the quarterfinals of the U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. A penalty save preserved a 1-0 win over Colombia in the round of 16. Against eventual champion in the quarterfinals, Steffen made two saves in the shootout when a Serbia goal would have ended the game. Serbia won the nine-round shootout, 6-5. Steffen started the first two games in Olympic qualifying tournament before giving way to Ethan Horvath.

Steffen, who will compete with three-year goalkeeper Steve Clark for the starting job, joins the 2015 MLS runner-up, which has slumped badly this season. A 2-2 tie with Orlando City extended the Crew's winless streak to eight games. It has not won since May 28, falling into ninth place in the Eastern Conference with the second worst record in MLS.

“Zack is a talented goalkeeper with great potential and someone who has performed on the biggest stages for the United States youth national teams,” said Crew sporting director and head coach Gregg Berhalter in a statement. “We believe he has a bright future and we look forward to working with him.” 

*MLS Summer Moves:
Chicago Fire

Colorado Rapids
IN: GK Tim Howard (Transfer, Everton/ENG)

Columbus Crew
IN: GK Zack Steffen (Transfer, Freiburg/GER)
OUT: M Emil Larsen (Transfer, Lyngby/DEN)

D.C. United
IN: M Lloyd Sam (Trade, NY Red Bulls)
IN: F Patrick Mullins (Trade, New York City)
OUT: F Fabian Espindola (Trade, Vancouver Whitecaps)

FC Dallas
IN: D Aubrey David (Loan, Saprissa/CRC)
IN: F Getterson (Loan, J. Malucelli/BRA)

Houston Dynamo
IN: M Eric Alexander (Trade, Montreal Impact)
OUT: M David Rocha (Contract terminated, Real Oviedo/SPA)
OUT: M Leonel Miranda (Loan expired, Defensa y Justicia/ARG)

LA Galaxy

Montreal Impact
IN: F Matteo Mancosu (Loan, Bologna/ITA)
IN: D Amadou Dia (Trade, Sporting KC)
IN: M Hernan Bernardello (Free, Alaves/SPA)
OUT: F Cameron Porter (Trade, Sporting KC)
OUT: M Eric Alexander (Trade, Houston)

New England Revolution

New York City FC
IN: D Maxime Chanot (Transfer, Kortrijk/BEL)
OUT: F Patrick Mullins (Trade, D.C. United)

New York Red Bulls
OUT: M Lloyd Sam (Trade, D.C. United)

Orlando City
IN: D Jose Aja (Loan, Nacional, Uruguay)
OUT: M Adrian Winter (Contract terminated, FC Zurich/SUI)
OUT: F Bryan Rochez (Loan, Real Espana/HON)

Philadelphia Union

Portland Timbers
IN: D Vytautas Andriuskevicius (Free, Cambuur/NED)
OUT: GK Adam Kwarasey (Transfer, Rosenborg/NOR)

Real Salt Lake
IN: F Pedro Baez (Loan, Cerro Porteno/PAR)
OUT: F Devon Sandoval (Loan, Rayo OKC)

San Jose Earthquakes

Seattle Sounders

Sporting KC
IN: M Emmanuel Appiah (Free, Colorado Rapids)
IN: F Cameron Porter (Trade, Montreal Impact)
IN: D Amadou Dia (Trade, Montreal Impact)

Toronto FC
IN: F Tosaint Ricketts (Free, Boluspor/TUR)
OUT: D Damien Perquis (Contract terminated, Nott. Forest/ENG)

Vancouver Whitecaps
IN: D David Edgar (Free, Birmingham City/ENG)
IN: D Marcel de Jong (Free, Sporting KC)
IN: M Alphonso Davies (Homegrown Signing, Whitecaps FC 2)
IN: F Fabian Espindola (Trade, D.C. United)
OUT: F Octavio Rivero (Transfer, Colo-Colo/CHI)
OUT: D Sam Adekugbe (Loan, Brighton & Hove Albion/ENG)
*Since opening of summer window.

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