Report: Zack Steffen to join Middlesbrough on loan
Zack Steffen is in need of consistent playing time ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the American goalkeeper is now reportedly set to complete a loan move that should help him earn regular minutes for the first time since 2020.
English Football League Championship side Middlesbrough is closing in on a loan signing of Steffen for the 2022-23 season, Manchester Evening News reported on Tuesday. Steffen’s parent club Manchester City is also finalizing a deal for free agent goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, which would hurt Steffen’s chances of pushing for the No. 2 spot in Pep Guardiola’s squad.
Middlesbrough finished seventh in the EFL Championship last season, missing out on the promotion playoff places.
Steffen has made 21 appearances for the Citizens over the past two seasons, but only two of those have come in Premier League action. Steffen totaled eight clean sheets in his 21 combined appearances for Man City, lifting two league titles and one Carabao Cup trophy.
Steffen has earned 29 caps with the U.S. men’s national team to date, with 10 of those coming since the start of 2021. A move to Middlesbrough would provide Steffen with the chance to play regularly in the EFL Championship ahead of the USMNT’s participation in the World Cup in Qatar in November.
Matt Turner has continued to push Steffen for the No. 1 job within the USMNT squad and will now begin his European career this summer with Arsenal.
Gregg Berhalter’s side were drawn into a World Cup group with England, Iran, and Wales earlier this year and will face Gareth Bale and Wales on Nov. 21 in their group-stage opener.