KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
University of Maryland goalkeeper Zack Steffen has signed with German Bundesliga club SC Freiburg, the university announced on Friday.
With the 19-year-old signing with Freiburg this means he will forgo his final two years of eligibility at the college level.
The native of Pennsylvania was the Terps starting goalkeeper for the past two years, helping them to reach the final of the 2013 NCAA College Cup against Notre Dame and win the Big Ten Championship this year. He is also a member of the U.S. under-20 national team.
"This is a tremendous opportunity for Zack and we could not be more proud of him," head coach Sasho Cirovski said on the UM Terps website.
"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. On behalf of all of Terp Nation, we wish Zack nothing but the absolute best."
The 6-2 netminder, who is affiliated with MLS' Philadelphia Union academy, will be the second University of Maryland soccer player to head to Europe since Robbie Rogers in 2005 when he signed with Dutch Eredivisie side Heerenveen.
While Steffen heads to Germany to start what will hopefully be a successful career, he said he is grateful for the time he spent at College Park.
"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," he said.
"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."