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USMNT prospect Zack Steffen leaves Bundesliga for spot in Columbus

Ukraine v USA: Group A - FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 05: Zackary Steffen of USA gives instructions to his team during the FIFA U-20 World Cup New Zealand 2015 Pool A match between Ukraine and the United States of America at North Harbour Stadium on June 5, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

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Columbus Crew have added a potential major piece to their stormy season in Major League Soccer.

Big time USMNT prospect Zack Steffen has returned Stateside from Freiburg, where he was not getting playing time, and will join the Crew.

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Steffen, 22, was set to be the third string keeper at Freiburg, but has been added by Columbus as a “Discovery Signing”.


Steffen has shined during his tenure with the United States youth National Teams, most notably for the Under-20s during the summer of 2015, where he served as the primary goalkeeper at both the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

“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 Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter. “We believe he has a bright future and we look forward to working with him.”

Columbus’ regular starter, Steve Clark, has done fine but the Crew couldn’t pass on the opportunity to sign a player with a legit chance to become a USMNT fixture.

The Crew recently added former Stabaek center back Nico Naess in an effort to stabilize their defense. Naess comes with a big recommendation from ex-coach Bob Bradley.

Less than a year after making a run to the MLS Cup Final, Columbus is five points back of the East’s final playoff spot.

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