CHICAGO – Former Maryland goalkeeper Zack Steffen (2013-14) has been called up for the US Men’s National Team’s January Camp, US Soccer announced Monday afternoon. Steffen will report Jan. 10 to the National Training Center in Carson, California.
The camp leads into the USA’s friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28 at the StubHub Center in Carson. The camp call is the second of Steffen’s career. He is still awaiting his first full national team appearance.
Steffen had a spectacular first season for Columbus Crew, helping the squad to an appearance in the MLS Eastern Conference Championship against eventual MLS Cup winner Toronto FC. Steffen put together an incredible playoff run that saw him notch a Man of the Match performance against Atlanta United in the opening round before saving a PK in the second leg of the Crew's match-up with high-powered Toronto FC. For the season, Steffen started 34 matches with nine shutouts.
A US Youth National Team fixture since U-14, Steffen played every minute of every match in the USA’s quarterfinal run at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. In his two years in College Park, Steffen logged every minute in goal and kept 17 clean sheets. He came up big in the biggest moments, earning NCAA Championship Most Valuable Defensive Player honors in 2013 and Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament in 2014.
Steffen is the fourth former Terp to be called into the national team over the past year. Taylor Kemp was called into last year’s January Camp, while Omar Gonzalez and Graham Zusi featured in the team throughout 2017.