United men’s national team and Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen is set to join English Premiership side Middlesbrough on loan during the 2022-23 season, sources have confirmed to ESPN.
Steffen, who signed with Manchester City from the Columbus Crew in 2019, has spent the past two seasons as Ederson’s main substitute, keeping eight clean sheets in 21 appearances in all competitions. He has only made two Premier League appearances.
The possibility of a loan move was first reported by the Manchester Evening News.
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For Steffen, it’s a move that would likely guarantee consistent playing time and give him a better chance of winning the starting job for the United States at the World Cup. Steffen is one of three Europe-based options for the United States – along with Arsenal’s Matt Turner and Nottingham Forest’s Ethan Horvath – who have faced the prospect of limited first-team minutes ahead of the tournament.
Joe Lumley, who featured 39 times in goal for Boro last season, went on a season-long loan to Reading FC earlier this month.
Steffen did not appear for the United States in his four matches in June, for what the team said were family reasons. He has made 29 international appearances since his debut in 2016, including six in World Cup qualifying.