USMNT, Man City goalkeeper Zack Steffen close to joining Middlesbrough on loan

United States men’s national team and Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen is expected to be loaned out to English champions Middlesbrough until the 2022/23 season, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Steffen, who signed from Columbus Crew at Manchester City in 2019, has spent the last two seasons as Ederson’s primary backup, keeping eight clean sheets in 21 games in all competitions. He has only played two games in the Premier League.

The possibility of a loan was first reported by the Manchester Evening News.

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For Steffen, it’s a move that would likely ensure consistent playing time and give him a better chance of earning the United States’ spot at the World Cup. Steffen is one of three Europe-based options for the USA, alongside Arsenal’s Matt Turner and Nottingham Forest’s Ethan Horvath, who faced the prospect of limited first-team minutes ahead of the tournament.

Joe Lumley, who scored 39 times for Boro last season, completed a season-long loan spell at Reading FC earlier this month.

Steffen did not appear with the USA in the four games in June for family reasons. He has won 29 caps since his debut in 2016, including six in World Cup qualifiers. USMNT, Man City goalkeeper Zack Steffen close to joining Middlesbrough on loan

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