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Crew SC's Zack Steffen named 2018 US Soccer Male Player of the Year

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Columbus Crew's goaltender Zack Steffen blocks a shot in the second half of an MLS Eastern Conference semifinal soccer match, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, in New York. New York City FC won 2-0, but the Crew won the two-game match on aggregate score and advances to the conference championship. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Columbus Crew SC's Zack Steffen was named the 2018 U.S. Soccer Male Player of the Year Tuesday.

Crew SC said the 23-year-old goalkeeper is the youngest to win U.S. Soccer's coveted Male Player of the Year award. Steffen is the first active Crew SC player to win the award.

As a member of the U.S. Men's National Team, he earned six caps and registered two shutouts.

“It’s an honor to be put with those names that have won before me and to have the respect and confidence from teammates, coaches and staff,” Steffen said. “I’m thankful for my support system. Without them I couldn’t have done any of this. It gives me motivation and confidence to keep going and do bigger and better things.”

At the club level, the goalkeeper was voted the 2018 Major League Soccer Allstate Goalkeeper of the Year, becoming the second-youngest player in MLS history to be named Goalkeeper of the Year and only the second Crew SC player to receive the award.

Next summer, Steffen will transfer to Manchester City from Columbus.

More on Steffen's accomplishments can be found online here.

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