When the United States Men’s National Team takes the field on Tuesday night to face Peru, they will do it without their #1 goalkeeper. This morning, U.S. Soccer announced that Zack Steffen will depart USMNT camp and return to Columbus Crew SC due to hamstring tightness he is experiencing in his right leg.
Due to right hamstring tightness, goalkeeper @zackstef_23 has departed #USMNT camp and returned to @ColumbusCrewSC: https://t.co/Rf0hgT3W50— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) October 13, 2018
The #USMNT roster stands at 22 players ahead of Tuesday's match vs. Peru. pic.twitter.com/TbN9cLeMym
The 23-year-old goalkeeper’s departure leaves the USMNT roster at 22 available players for Peru. Steffen has emerged as the #1 option for the U.S. over the last year with his brilliant saves and calm presence in the net. He started and played the full 90 minutes in Thursday night’s 4-2 defeat to Colombia. Steffen’s injury comes at a difficult time not just for the USMNT, but also for Columbus. Columbus is still battling for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and having their man healthy is important to them during the final weeks of the season.
Either Brad Guzan or Ethan Horvath will get the start for the United States Tuesday night. However, let’s hope this is more precaution for Steffen and nothing too serious.