2017 (Columbus): Steffen made 34 appearances (all starts) this season and recorded 16 wins and nine shutouts, as well as recording 98 saves. He made his regular-season team debut as a starter in the Opening Match against the Chicago Fire (March 4). The goalkeeper earned his first regular-season win for the club at D.C. United (March 18), making three saves en route to recording his first regular season shut-out and earning MLSSoccer.com’s Team of the Week honors. Steffen recorded his second win of the season at home against Portland Timbers (March 25) and would record another clean sheet and his third win of the season at home against Orlando City SC, making four saves (April 1). Steffen again made four saves against Chicago (April 8) and Toronto (April 15), tying his season and MLS career-high for number of saves. He registered five saves at the New York Red Bulls (April 22), setting a new MLS career-high for saves in a game. He recorded his fifth win, third shutout and tied his MLS career-high for saves in a game with five saves against the New England Revolution (May 6). He made his first regular-season penalty kick save during a home match against Toronto FC (May 10) stopping an attempt by Jozy Altidore. Steffen earned his seventh win and fourth shutout in regular-season action during a home match against Seattle Sounders FC (May 31). He was nominated for MLSSoccer.com’s Save of the Week for his stop the road contest against Colorado (June 3). Steffen reached 50 saves in MLS and with Crew SC in a road match against Atlanta United FC (June 17). Steffen registered a secondary assist in a home contest against the Montreal Impact (June 24). He registered his fifth shutout of the season in a road match against Minnesota United FC (July 4) and registered his sixth shutout of the season in a home match against the Philadelphia Union (July 22). Steffen stopped his second penalty kick of the season in a road contest against the Philadelphia Union (July 26). He was nominated for MLSSoccer.com’s Save of the Week following his stop of Jefferson Savarino’s shot in the road match against Real Salt Lake (July 29). Steffen was nominated for MLSSoccer.com’s Save of the Week following his stop of Chris Wondolowski’s shot in a road contest against the San Jose Earthquakes, a match in which he matched his career-high of five saves in a single match (August 5). He started in the road match against Orlando City SC (August 19), recorded seven saves setting his new MLS career-high for saves in a game and reached 75 saves in MLS and for Crew SC. Steffen started in a home match against the LA Galaxy (August 23) and helped the club keep a clean sheet, its seventh of the 2017 MLS regular season. He earned his 14th win of the 2017 MLS regular season in a home contest against the New York Red Bulls (September 23), tying with Steve Clark for most wins by a Crew SC goalkeeper in his first year of play for the club. Steffen earned his 15th win in a home match against D.C. United (September 30), setting the record for most wins by a Crew SC goalkeeper in his first year of play for the club. He started in a road contest against Orlando CIty SC (October 15), registering his 16th win and ninth shutout of the season, surpassing Steve Clark for most shutouts by a Crew SC goalkeeper in his first year of play for the club. Steffen started in a road match against New York City FC (October 22), tying his career-high for saves in a match with seven saves, earning MLSSoccer.com Team of the Week honors and a nomination for MLSSoccer.com’s Save of the Week for his stop against David Villa in that match. Steffen made five appearances (all starts) in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs, recording 19 saves, one win and two shutouts. He started in a Knockout Round against Atlanta United FC (October 26), recording an MLS career-best eight saves and his first Audi MLS Cup Playoffs shutout. As a result of Steffen playing, starting and recording a shutout, he is now the youngest Crew SC goalkeeper to achieve each feat at 22 years, 207 days old. He also started in a home match during the First Leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against New York City FC (October 31), earning his first Audi MLS Cup Playoffs win and becoming the youngest Crew SC goalkeeper to do so at 22 years, 212 days old. Steffen started in a road match against New York City FC (November 5) in the Second Leg of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. He started in a home match against Toronto FC (November 21) in the First Leg of the Eastern Conference Championship, earning his second shutout of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. Steffen started in a road match against Toronto FC (November 29) in the Second Leg of the Eastern Conference Championship, saving a penalty-kick attempt from Toronto’s Victor Vazquez.
2016 (Columbus/Pittsburgh): Steffen signed with Columbus Crew SC as a Discovery Signing on July 22, 2016. He made his matchday 18 debut with the club by serving as Steve Clark's backup at Toronto (July 31). He was loaned to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds on a game-by-game basis on August 13 and made his first appearance for the club that day with a start and a victory while making six saves against Bethlehem. Recorded a clean sheet for the Riverhounds at Orlando City B (September 3). He continued as the starting keeper for Pittsburgh at Charlotte (September 10) and vs. Cincinnati (September 14), where he recorded another shutout. He was in the Crew SC matchday 18 as Steve Clark's backup at D.C. United (September 28) and was in the matchday 18 as Brad Stuver's backup at New York City FC (October 23). He did not make an appearance in the 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
2015-16 (SC Freiburg): The goalkeeper remained with SC Freiburg II. He made his first career Regionalliga Südwest appearance and start on August 1, 2015 against Saarbrücken, keeping a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw. He would go on to make 14 appearances during the season, all starts, with three shutouts.
2014-15 (SC Freiburg): Steffen turned professional by signing with German club SC Freiburg on December 12, 2014. He spent the season with SC Freiburg II in the Regionalliga Südwest, where he made his first matchday 18 appearance on February 28, 2015 against Eintract Trier.
A United States youth international, Steffen has most recently played for the United States Under-23s, where he played 45 minutes in a friendly against England’s U-21s on September 3, 2015 in Preston, England. Prior to that, Steffen shined with the USA’s U-20s, for which he has earned 11 caps. He was the team’s primary goalkeeper at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, where he helped the USA qualify for the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup. At that tournament, Steffen again was the primary goalkeeper as the USA advanced to the Quarterfinals. The goalkeeper also appeared for the USA U-18s.
On May 16, 2016, Steffen was called-up by United States Men's National Team head coach Jürgen Klinsmann for a transitional camp.
Steffen played for two seasons at the University of Maryland, playing every minute in goal for the Terrapins in 2013 and 2014. During his freshman season, Steffen made 76 saves and registered eight shutouts, earning ACC All-Freshman team honors as well as NCAA Championship Most Valuable Defensive Player recognition as Maryland finished as national runners-up. In 2014, he was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament as he registered nine shutouts over the duration of the season.
Columbus Crew SC signed goalkeeper Zack Steffen as a Discovery Signing on July 22, 2016.
Name: Zack Steffen
Born: April 2, 1995 in Coatesville, PA
Hometown: Downingtown, PA
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Columbus Crew SC signed goalkeeper Zack Steffen as a Discovery Signing on July 22, 2016
Previous Experience: SC Freiburg (2014-2016)
Steffen's family includes his mother Stefanie, stepfather Derek and father William as well as two sisters (Katy and Lexy) and two brothers (Benjamin and Colten). Away from the game, he loves to be near water and lists canoeing and swimming as hobbies. His favorite vacation spot is any beach, such as those found in North Carolina, Maryland or New Jersey. He also enjoys watching Netflix, including Modern Family and Breaking Bad among his favorites. He likes listening to hip-hop, alternative and indie music. Growing up, he looked up to Tim Howard.