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.