According to a report by Paul Tenorio of The Athletic, United States Men’s National Team goalkeeper Zack Steffen will join Bundesliga side Fortuna Düsseldorf on loan from Manchester City. Steffen will join Manchester City this summer in a $10 million move that was announced in January. He recorded a 1.31 goals against average and 4 shutouts in 13 appearances this season for the Columbus Crew. The struggling Crew currently sit 10th in the Eastern Conference.
Steffen is expected to be the USMNT #1 for the upcoming Gold Cup and regular playing time in Europe should help him to hold on to the starting job. Fortuna currently has four goalkeepers under contract: Michael Rensing, Raphael Wolf, Tim Wiesner, and Jaroslav Drobny. However, the 39-year-old Drobny’s contract is set to expire this June, and he is unlikely to be re-signed. Neither Wolf nor Wiesner appeared in the Bundesliga last season. Steffen’s main competition for the starting job will be Rensing (last season’s starter).
Fortuna finished 10th in the Bundesliga during the 2018-2019 season but had the fifth-worst defensive record (65 goals conceded in 34 games). Steffen will be the club’s second American, joining defensive midfielder Alfredo Morales.
Would a loan move to Fortuna be good for Steffen?