The last most of us saw of Zack Steffen, he was breaking saucy Colombian hearts.
After a widely lauded freshman campaign at Maryland, Steffen eschewed MLS and penned a deal with Freiburg in the German Bundesliga in December 2014. A few months later, Freiburg dropped to the second tier, and Steffen was shrouded in its reserves anyway. If you thought you’d have a shot to actually watch Steffen play club ball, well, good luck.
Steffen resurfaced at the U20 World Cup in the summer of 2015, and he was easily the U.S.’s best player. He captained the back line and reached a career zenith when he saved a penalty against Colombia in the first knockout round that ultimately saved the match. The U.S. won. Statues of Steffen were spontaneously erected across the nation.