Zack Steffen

clean sheet

Fantasy Focus: I am Josef

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Busting some Caps.

Benny's Army led this round with a score of 114 points, even despite the absence of suddenly-inactive David Villa:

Josef Martinez (ATL, $11.0) led the way with an armband-aided 36 points on the strength of a hat trick, and none of the four midfielders scored fewer than 8 points.

Fantasy Focus: Return to Senderos

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Who actually had him in their team?

Round one is in the books, and while parts of the revamped MLS Fantasy website still don't work, we're taking a look back at what transpired. Crestwood Villa is the leader after this round after scoring 91 points. Usually I'd link to the team for your clicking pleasure, but that appears not to be a thing anymore, so you can check out the whole team here:

Romain Alessandrini (LA, $11.

Fantasy Focus: Truth Meram

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He's a hat trick hero

Our overall leader led this round, and now sits with a 56-point lead at the top. !BL4CKnRED scored 114 points, led by captain Justin Meram (CLB, $10.1), who scored 46 points with a hat trick in his second of two games. Supporting him were Lee Nguyen (NE, $10.3) with 15 points on a goal and two assists, and Victor Vazquez (TOR, $9.

Columbus Crew

SBI MLS Season Preview: Columbus Crew

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With threat of relocation looming over their heads, the Columbus Crew are trying to replicate their success from a year ago with a revamped attack.

Gone are Ola Kamara and Justin Meram after both were traded in the offseason. The former of those deals brought Gyasi Zardes to Columbus as the team's new threat in front of goal.

Some Soccer News for Jan 26, 2018

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It's Day 26 of 2018.

Join Me - I am gonna be watching:
  • USMNT v Bosnia+ Herzegovina on Sunday night
  • Town Hall Brewery
  • Minneapolis
  • 8:30pm CT

Yeah, I know most of you are really not in to this, but we may get a chance to see Minnesota's Christian Ramirez play.

Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen takes another step forward in spectacular playoff performance

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Zack Steffen rose to prominence during a penalty kick shootout two-and-a-half years ago.

As a standout at Maryland, the then-20-year-old goalkeeper put in a heroic performance in the U-20 World Cup quarterfinals before stopping several shots in what ended as a heartbreaking penalty kick loss to eventual champions Serbia.

Crew extend unbeaten streak to seven with win over Red Bulls

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Federico Higuain's big night powered the Columbus Crew to victory over the New York Red Bulls.

Higuain assisted on all three of the Crew's goals on the night in the 3-2 victory. The home side took advantage of poor set piece defending and counter attacking opportunities, the bane of the Red Bulls in 2017.

Zack Steffen extra motivated to face hometown team

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Downingtown native will face the Union for the first time since returning to the U.S. to sign with Columbus Crew last July

When Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen returns to the area next week to play his hometown team, he'll have plenty of support in the stands from friends and family. None will be wearing Union colors.

MLS Spotlight: Steffen evolving as he handles ups and downs of first season as a pro starter

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Photo by Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports

Sometimes in life, you need to just admit you have made a mistake. You need to acknowledge that things went wrong and own it. Things happen, and sometimes those things aren't entirely in your control. What you can control, though, is how you bounce back, how you respond in the face of adversity.

Following trying time with Freiburg, Zack Steffen rediscovers happiness with Crew move

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Day after day, Zack Steffen returned home from training withBundesliga club Freiburg and day after day, he felt the same uneasiness.

On the field, he was rising through the club's ranks, all but sealing a spot with the first teamahead of what could have been a breakthrough season. But off the field Steffen had never felt more alone, more isolated, as days came and went.

Crew add U.S. U-23 goalkeeper Zack Steffen

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One of the brightest prospects in the U.S. soccer pool has returned stateside with a move to MLS.

The Columbus Crew announced on Friday that the club has signed U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team goalkeeper Zack Steffen. The 21-year-old goalkeeper joins as a Discovery Signing after spending the last year-and-a-half with German club SC Freiburg.

Bill Hamid

USMNT 0, Bosnia and Herzegovina 0: The SBI Breakdown

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The U.S. Men's National Team played a match on Sunday. It wasn't a particularly good match and it wasn't a particularly fun match. Largely, it was boring, disjointed and stagnant, even for a January Camp conclusion.

Still, it was a match that created several talking points and left several impressions from a U.

Polster, Vincent join USMNT January camp

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The Fire will open training camp in Chicago on January 22 without their starting fullbacks. Matt Polster and Brandon Vincent have been named to the US men's national team January camp. As expected, the US team is heavy on younger players who have been on the fringe of the national team set-up as a result of the disastrous World Cup miss with the veterans.

Fantasy Focus: 20+ Crew

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Columbus midfielders ftw

With a score of 174 points, Vandelay Industries led the league. Captain David Villa (NYC, $11.1) posted two assists and 28 points to lead the team. Meanwhile, Justin Meram (CLB, $10.2) added a goal to his two assists for 20 points, and Joe Bendik (ORL, $5.1) earned two clean sheets and 18 points.

Fantasy Focus: Houston, we have a ProbLAm

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Another week, another split

It was ShowtimeJR who led the round with a score of 84 points. Erick Torres (HOU, $8.7) wore the armband and scored 32 points with a hat trick to lead the team. Kevin Molino (MIN, $9.9) added a goal to two assists for 15 points, and Diego Valeri (POR, $10.3) scored a goal and 10 points.

Philadelphia Union

Your new favorite MLS club is …

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The future is cloudy for Downingtown's Zack Steffen and the Columbus Crew, but one thing's for sure: You will never have as much fun this playoff season as you will while rooting for them. PSP's Dan Walsh explains how cheering for Columbus will stick it to The Man and be a whole lot of fun.

News roundup: Zack Steffen fires Columbus upset over Atlanta, Garber on Columbus move

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Downingtown's Zack Steffen played the game of his life before a record crowd in Atlanta, MLS commissioner weighs in potential Columbus move, more on Roland Alberg's potential transfer to Bulgaria, more news.

GAME THREAD: Columbus Crew vs. Philadelphia Union

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The first of the Union's home-and-home series with the Crew is tonight.

Game Info

  • Date: July 22, 2017
  • Time: 7:30 PM
  • Place: Mapfre Stadium, Columbus, OH
  • Television: The Comcast Network
  • Stream: MLS Live
  • All-Time Record: The Philadelphia Union trail the series with 10 losses, 7 wins, and only 1 draw.

Match preview: Philadelphia Union vs. Red Bull New York

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What and who to look for when the Union face Red Bull this Saturday

Evaluating and awards talk, more news

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Evaluating Curtin. Awards talk for Blake and Rosenberry. More news.

Union face DC on Saturday, Curtin says defensive additions a focus, reaction to transfer moves, more

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DC away on Saturday. Curtin says team looking for defensive addition, trialist in over the coming weeks. Reaction to Union's transfer window dealings. More news.

Union sign Jones as Homegrown, locals at US Youth Soccer championships, more

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Jones first homegrown to to take "Path to the Pros" through Union Academy, Bethlehem, to the Union. Other Union news and more.

Notes from Curtin’s presser, Steel falls short, Reading thumps, Union U-18s in USSDA quarterfinals today, more

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Highlights from Curtin's weekly press conference. Bethlehem ends road series with loss in Toronto. Reading thumps Evergreen FC 7-1. Union U-18s face PDA in USSDA playoffs quarterfinal. More.

Union bests NYRB in USOC, Rosenberry topping fan vote, Reading falls, more

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Recaps and reaction to Union's US Open Cup win over NYRB. Keegan Rosenberry at top of All-Star Game fan vote for defenders. Reading falls again to NYRB U-23s. More.

Power rankings, Rosenberry buzz, Okugo signs with Portland, more news

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Union news and more.

What a day: Recaps and reaction from Union’s big home opening win, more news

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Union, Bethlehem Steel, and Academy news. USMNT rosters for Olympic qualification playoffs and World Cup qualifiers named. More.

San Jose away, floating, USA-Peru, US youth clubs file compensation complaint, more news

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What will be the Union way in San Jose? USMNT faces Peru. US youth clubs file formal complaint over training compensation payments with FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber. More news.

“We can’t get over that hump”: recaps and reaction to NE loss, league results, US rosters announced, more

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REcaps and reaction to another Union home loss. That spitting incident. League wrap. USMNT roster for September friendlies. More.

Off to Toronto, Union U16s fall in Development Academy semis, US readies for Cuba, more

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Union face Toronto on Saturday. Union U-16s defeated in US Soccer Development Academy semifinals. West Chester United in Werner Fricker Open Cup semis today. MLS players ratify CBA. US faces Cuba in Gold Cup quarterfinals on Saturday. More news.

Union bits, results wrap, US draws with Sweden at WWC, Steffen big as US falls to Serbia at U-20 WC, latest FIFA news

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Union news. HCI, Reading, and Ocean City results. MLS results and standings. US attack absent in scoreless draw with Sweden at Women's World Cup. US lose to Serbia in U-20 World Cup. Latest FIFA news.

“Another disappointing loss”: Recaps and reaction to another loss, league news, more

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Reaction to Union loss. Harrisburg wins. League results. 2015 roster rules announced. More news.

Pfeffer called up for US U-20 camp in Austria, will depart after New England game

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Pfeffer will join the US U-20 team in Austria after Sunday's Union game against New England.

No new Valdes news, Union GK signing coming soon, Cruz on CBA, US falls to Chile, more

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Valdes negotiations continue. Goalkeeper signing coming soon. Cruz says players united on CBA. US gives up lead twice in loss to Chile. More news.

Union Academy

Former Union Academy player wins starting kicker job at Penn State

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Former Union Academy forward Joey Julius is the starting kicker for Penn State football heading into their season opener against Temple in Philadelphia on Saturday.

Former Union Academy forward Joey Julius has been named the starting placekicker for the Penn State football team heading into their season opener against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday.

Pfeffer misses cut for U-20 World Cup Roster

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Zach Pfeffer didn't make the cut for the U.S. Under-20 World Cup roster, but Union Academy alumnus Zack Steffen will join the team traveling to New Zealand later this month.

Zach Pfeffer missed the cut for the 20-man U.S. Under-20 World Cup roster named by head coach Tab Ramos, but former Union Academy goalkeeper Zack Steffen is one of three goalkeepers on the roster who will travel to New Zealand.

The Rest

USMNT plays Bosnia & Herzegovina to drab draw to close January Camp

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The annual January Camp game is never one for purists. It's largely devoid of flow and creativity as a new-look team jumps into preseason with a friendly that is largely meaningless on a team level.

Sunday's match was no different, as the U.S. Men's National Team battled Bosnia & Herzegovina to a 0-0 draw in a match that featured little flash.

Some Soccer News for Nov 1, 2017

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It's Day 305 of 2017.

I am so sad for the people who died and were injured on the bike and running path on the lower west side of Manhattan yesterday. There is no reason for people to lose their life like this.



HUUUUUUGE win at home last night for Columbus.

Local Soccer Notebook 6/9/17

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Young goalkeepers from the area recognized, college schedules released and more

Matthew Real (Drexel Hill, Pa.) and Mark McKenzie (Bear, Del.) graduated on Friday from YSC Academy since they will be away on international duty and miss graduation with the rest of their class on June 15.

Fagundez stock up, Farrell stock down in Revolution win vs. Crew SC

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Who stood out during the week 12 matchup?

Despite conceding an early goal to Ola Kamara and Crew SC, the Revolution battled back to claim a 2-1 win on Sunday. Who stood out, and who didn't, during the week 12 matchup?

Stock up

Diego Fagundez

Just when it looked like Fagundez had nowhere to go but down, he erupted for two first-half goals, including the game-winner, against Crew SC.

Tyler Miller replaces injured Zack Steffen on U.S. U-23 roster

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U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team head coach Andi Herzog has been forced into making a change to his roster days before the team plays Colombia.

According to a release from U.S. Soccer, Seattle Sounders goalkeeper Tyler Miller has replaced Zack Steffen on the U.S. roster to play the CONMEBOL nation in a two-legged Olympic qualifying playoff, which will take place on Friday and March 29.