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Former Maryland goalie Zack Steffen reportedly heading to Manchester City

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Just four years after starring at Ludwig Field, Zack Steffen appears to be headed to one of the best soccer clubs in the world.

The Columbus Crew goalkeeper appears to be headed to defending English Premier League champion Manchester City, as first reported by The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio.

While details of the transfer have not been announced, multiple sources told Tenorio that the deal is between $7 and $10 million. At Manchester City, Steffen will back up Brazilian goalie Ederson. His previous backup, Claudio Bravo will miss the rest of the season with an Achilles injury he suffered in August.

Steffen had previously played in Europe for the German club Freiburg in 2015 and 2016 before heading to the Columbus Crew later that year. He won MLS Goalkeeper of the Year this past season, and has quickly ascended the U.S. National Team ranks as well. He made his USMNT debut in a January friendly against Bosnia, and started five other matches. According to Tenorio, he’s “widely considered” to be the U.S.’s top goalie.

The move is expected to happen when the international transfer market opens Jan. 1, so Steffen will head to Manchester City to help the squad continue to push for a second straight EPL title. Through 13 matches, Manchester City is two points in front of Liverpool for the top spot in the standings.

In other news

Maryland men’s basketball is back in the top 25, coming in at No. 24 in the most recent AP Poll.

The Terps are also No. 17 in the NCAA’s intial NET rankings, which the selection committee will use in place of RPI this year. That’s probably too high, though the RPI’s early-season rankings were a little unusual as well.

Following a loss to Penn State, Maryland football’s seniors reflected on the end of their careers.

Here’s The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus with three takeaways from the Terps’ 5-7 season.

The start time for Maryland men’s soccer’s NCAA tournament quarterfinal match at No. 3-seed Kentucky is official. The Terps and Wildcats will kickoff at 6 p.m. ET Friday in Lexington.