The University of Maryland announced Friday that sophomore goalkeeper Zack Steffen is leaving the program and will sign with SC Freiburg in Germany’s top division, Bundesliga.
Steffen led the Terrapins to back-to-back Atlantic Coast Conference titles and was the Defensive MVP of the 2013 College Cup. A former prospect at the Philadelphia Union academy, he had a .667 save percentage in 2014 after posting a .710 mark while leading Maryland to a runner-up finish in the 2013 College Cup.
He has been with the U.S. national team since the U-14 level and is currently a member of the U-20 squad.
The 19-year-old joins a Freiberg club that is on the fringe of relegation from Bundesliga. Freiburg is currently tied for 16th on the 18-team table at 2-5-7 with 13 points.
The team played to a 1-1 draw at SC Paderborn 07 on Dec. 6 and its last win was a 2-0 home triumph over FC Schalke 04 on Nov. 8.
The club has been in Bundesliga since being promoted after winning the 2. Bundesliga regular season title in 2008-09. Its best finish since promotion was a fifth-place spot in 2012-13.
- Phil Watson