HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Freiburg on July 22, 2016.
Steffen is a talented goalkeeper with great potential and someone who has performed on the biggest stages for the United States youth national teams. He should get a shot at a starting role in 2017.
INTERNATIONAL: Earlier in 2015, Steffen took the reins between the posts for the United States at the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, where he started five out of the Stars & Stripes' six contests. He kept clean sheets in the final two Group Stage matches against Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, helping the U.S. advance to the Playoff Stage, where he again blanked El Salvador in a 2-0 victory that ensured the United States' qualification to the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. At that tournament, Steffen again was the first-choice goalkeeper, playing every minute of every match as the United States advanced to the Quarterfinals. He shut-out the hosts New Zealand in the Group Stage as well as Colombia in the Round of 16, including a penalty save.
OUTSIDE MLS: Steffen began his professional career when he signed for German side SC Freiburg on December 12, 2014. He made his debut for the reserve side on August 1, 2015, keeping a clean sheet against Saarbrücken in the Regionalliga Südwest. All-told, he made 14 appearances during his first full professional season with SC Freiburg II, registering three shutouts.
COLLEGE: Steffen played for the University of Maryland in 2013 and 2014, logging every minute in goal for the Terrapins over those two seasons. He recorded 17 clean sheets over his tenure and was named to the ACC All-Freshman team in 2013. He also captured NCAA Championship Most Valuable Defensive Player honors that season, and was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament in 2014.