Zack Steffen is considered by some to be the United States' goalkeeper of the future. Now he is also SC Freiburg's goalkeeper of the future.
The 19-year-old American has signed with Freiburg in the Bundesliga, ending a two-year stint at Maryland. The Terps confirmed that Steffen has signed with Freiburg.
Steffen is one of the U.S.' best young goalkeepers and is a regular with the U-20 team. He is affiliated with the Philadelphia Union's academy so he could have signed with them if he wanted to stay in MLS, but there had been rumors in recent months that several European clubs were interested. That proved to be true when Freiburg came calling.
The move will be made official once Steffen completes a physical in Germany. He's expected to do so in the coming days.
Freiburg are struggling this season and currently sit in 16th place, which would put them in the relegation playoff. It's unlikely that Steffen plays for the first team this season, but he could make some headway and get some looks with the reserves. If he does so and begins to put himself in the first team conversation over the next couple seasons, he could start to become a part of the U.S. senior team, even if just to train with them during European camps.