“Zack says no” was a common theme for the month of May. The Columbus Crew SC goalkeeper was named Major League Soccer Player of the Month by members of the media on Wednesday afternoon. Steffen didn’t allow a goal during the month of May.
The Crew SC goalkeeper played an instrumental part in a record-breaking 512-minute shutout streak for Columbus, earning five consecutive clean sheets along the way. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Steffen’s current streak is the 10th-longest regular-season shutout streak in MLS history. During the month of May, Steffen registered 17 total saves in matches against the Seattle Sounders, Philadelphia Union, Chicago Fire, New England Revolution and Sporting Kansas City.
Steffen’s award is the 15th time that a Black & Gold player claimed Player of the Month honors. The last time this honor was bestowed up a Crew SC player, Justin Meram earned it in October of 2016.
The Crew SC keeper currently is on international duty with the United States Men’s National Team. In his third season with Columbus, Steffen has made 13 regular season appearances (all starts), making 29 saves and registering seven shutouts so far in 2018. He leads MLS in regular season shutouts in 2018. Since joining the Black & Gold, Steffen has made 47 regular season appearances (all starts), making 127 saves and recording 16 shutouts.