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SC Freiburg planning to promote Zack Steffen to first team

Report states that the 21-year-old will be the club's third-string keeper in its return to the Bundesliga.

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Downingtown native Zack Steffen is moving up in the SC Freiburg organization in Germany.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper who spent time with the Philadelphia Union Academy before playing two seasons with the University of Maryland is expected to be the third-string goalkeeper for the German club in its return to the Bundesliga.

This according to the German publication Kicker, which Will Parchman over at TopDrawerSoccer.com picked up on and ran through Google Translate.

The translation:

Behind main goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow and representatives Patric Klandt completes future Zackary Steffen the Bundesliga goalkeeper trio Breisgauer. The 21 – year-old American came in January 2015 from the Maryland Terrapins to Sport Club and completed since 14 missions with the U23 in the Regionalliga West . He replaces the team of Christian Streich Konstantin Fuhry from which was formed in the Freiburg Soccer School from 2006 to 2012, after a flying visit to VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 96 in the summer of 2014 came to the sports club again and the future after 38 Regional appearances in two seasons for SV Elversberg will play in the same league.

Steffen signed with Freiburg in December 2014, but hasn’t been heard from much aside from his stints with U.S. youth teams, which included an unforgettable display in the U20 World Cup last summer. He made 14 appearances with SC Freiburg’s reserve team in the fourth tier of German football.

SC Freiburg’s first team earned promotion back to the Bundesliga after a year relegated to second division football. They open their season against U.S. international John Brooks' club, Hertha Berlin, on August 28.