Zack Steffen heads back to Germany

Three years after he left Germany, Zack Steffen has returned.

After an unhappy spell at Freiburg, where he began his pro career after starring at the University of Maryland and on the 2015 U.S. U-20 World Cup team, Steffen emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in MLS and the starting goalkeeper on the U.S. national team, attracting the interest of English champion Manchester City, which acquired him from the Columbus Crew.

Manchester City has loaned him out to Bundesliga club Fortuna Duesseldorf for the 2019-20 season.

"Zack Steffen is a modern goalkeeper who's got it all," said Fortuna sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel. "He's technically well-schooled, strong in one-against-one situations and is an excellent footballer. It's no coincidence that Manchester City decided to sign him up on a long-term deal."

Steffen, who started for the USA in goal when it lost to Mexico, 1-0, in Sunday's Gold Cup final, will face competition from Michael Rensing, who started 32 of 34 games in 2018-19.

Duesseldorf earned promotion to the German top flight in 2018-19 and finished in 10th place.

3 comments about "Zack Steffen heads back to Germany".
  1. Peter Bechtold, July 10, 2019 at 9:19 a.m.

    Yes, let us hope that he does better than in Freiburg where I followed him very closely every week. He never got one minute in at the Bundesliga level--sort of like Landon Donovan at Bayer Leverkusen many years ago--but played in Regionalliga Suedwest, 4th tier, but started only a handful of games(unlike Donovan at then third-tier Regionalliga West where he was a regular).

  2. John Richardson, July 10, 2019 at 2:33 p.m.

    I hope he learns how to play with his feet like modern goalkeepers do

  3. R2 Dad, July 11, 2019 at 5 p.m.

    No guarantees Duesseldorf will give him a sniff of playing time in league play or Pokal. I don't know how progressive their management is regarding loaned players. Anyone know?

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