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Goalkeeper Zack Steffen to miss USMNT games with knee injury

The goalkeeper has started 11 USMNT matches this year.

Canada forward Jonathan David (20) battles for a ball with United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen (1) during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2019; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Canada forward Jonathan David (20) battles for a ball with United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen (1) during the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League soccer match at BMO Field. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen will not be available for the United States men’s national team’s upcoming Nations League matches against Canada and Cuba.

The keeper has ongoing tendonitis in his left knee, according to a USMNT spokesman. Steffen played with the injury for several weeks and it impacted him during the team’s first round of matches in the tournament, which included a 2-0 loss to Canada. 

The injury does not prevent Steffen from playing in matches at this time, and he was in the lineup for his Bundesliga club, Fortuna Düsseldorf, on Saturday morning. However, his activity has been limited outside of those matches and USMNT feels his condition won’t improve without an “extended break and treatment.” The decision to sit out for the national team was made to prioritize Steffen’s long-term health, according to the team spokesman.

With Steffen injured, Atlanta United goalkeeper Brad Guzan is the most likely candidate to step into goal for the Americans.

After making his debut with the team in 2018, the 24-year-old Steffen took over the starting role for the American side this year. In 11 games this year, Steffen has made 29 saves while notching four shutouts and allowing 11 goals. His record with the team is 6-5-0 in 2019.

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