U.S. Goalie Zack Steffen Set to Join Fortuna Dusseldorf on Loan

Zack Steffen. Photo by Anthony Nesmith/Csm/REX/Shutterstock

U.S. international goalkeeper Zack Steffen will leave Columbus Crew in July and officially join Manchester City in a transfer worth around $12 million. Still, Steffen won’t get to play in the English Premier League next season, as City already loaned him to German Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Man City completed the transfer for Steffen back in December, but the team decided to let him stay with Crewe until summer. Now they hope the 24-year-old will get more first-team experience in one of Europe’s strongest soccer leagues, before bringing him to England.

The move was first reported by The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio.

This will be Steffen’s second stint in Germany, as he was spent time with SC Freiburg between 2015 and 2016. He made 14 appearances for Freiburg’s reserve team before becoming a third goalkeeper on the depth chart for the first team.

After failing to get significant playing time in Germany, Zack Steffen decided to return to the United States and sign with Columbus Crew in the summer of 2016. After becoming Crew’s starting goalkeeper in 2017, he had a breakthrough season in 2018 which saw him ending the year with 10 clean sheets and winning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year.

Steffen is also a member of USMNT and is currently considered the first choice for the goalie position. He made eight appearances for nation’s first team so far.