Goalkeeper was replaced by Sean Johnson for World Cup qualification after missing his previous game due to a back injury
Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen has tested positive for Covid-19 and will not travel to the upcoming U.S. World Cup qualifier for the American men’s team in Honduras, US Soccer confirmed.
Steffen, who was replaced by NYCFC goalie Sean Johnson in the U.S. team, was left out of the squad for the qualifying kick-off championship against El Salvador due to a back injury.
This injury also ruled him out for Sunday’s qualifier against Canada, and Steffen will miss the last game of the international break due to his positive test.
What was said?
“American football has confirmed that goalkeeper Zack Steffen tested positive for COVID-19 and will not travel to Honduras in San Pedro Sula on September 8 to qualify for the World Cup in the American men’s team. He will replace on the roster is by Sean Johnson, “the federation said in a statement.
“The positive result of Steffen was confirmed by rigorous serial tests in accordance with the American football’s COVID-19 protocols. After his initial positive result, Steffen was isolated and contact detection was started by the medical staff of US Soccer. His positive result was confirmed. with additional tests that In addition to Steffen, another member of the delegation also tested positive and underwent the same protocol.
“All potential contacts – players and staff – have tested negative in several tests since Steffen’s initial positive results, and they can participate.”
The USMNT’s objective picture
The USA currently has several goalkeepers fighting for the number 1 spot, with Steffen entering the race as the leader in the World Cup.
After a strong Gold Cup, however, Matt Turner seems for Steffen to challenge the task, while the goalkeeper of the New England Revolution starts the start against El Salvador.
Ethan Horvath is also in the mix after saving a penalty after Steffen’s injury in the Nations League final against Mexico this summer.
Manchester City schedule
In addition to the failure of the USMNT service, Steffen is also likely to miss the time for Manchester City due to the positive test.
Steffen serves as City’s backup and serves as a sub-study of Brazilian star Ederson.
City will take on Leicester on Saturday before starting their Champions League championship campaign against RB Leipzig on 15 September.