After a disappointing 0-0 draw to start their World Cup qualifying matches, the US Soccer team got some rough news about one of their top players today.
Ahead of tonight’s qualifying game against Canada, the USMNT announced that starting goalkeeper Zack Steffen has tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, the Manchester City keeper will miss tonight’s game as well as Wednesday’s game against Honduras.
“Steffen’s positive result was confirmed through rigorous serial testing in accordance with U.S. Soccer’s COVID-19 protocols,” the USMNT said in a statement. “After his initial positive result, Steffen was isolated and contact tracing was initiated by U.S. Soccer’s medical staff. His positive result was confirmed with additional testing that was completed today. In addition to Steffen, one other member of the delegation also tested positive and has undergone the same protocol.”
The team announced that no other players or staffers that Steffen may have come into contact with tested positive. Replacing Steffen on the roster will be New York City FC goalkeeper, Sean Johnson.
U.S. Soccer has confirmed that goalkeeper Zack Steffen has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be available for the next two WCQ matches.
He has been replaced on the #USMNT roster by Sean Johnson, who will be available for selection tonight.
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) September 5, 2021
Zack Steffen has been the starting No. 1 for the USMNT since his seven-save performance against France in 2018. He’s been capped 23 times, most recently in the first half of the CONCACAF Nations League Final against Mexico.
Unfortunately, an injury Steffen suffered kept him from finishing the game. He has not been capped in a competitive game since.
With Steffen out, New England Revolution goalkeeper Matt Turner will get the start in his place. Turner had a shutout performance against Canada at the Gold Cup in July. The Stars & Stripes are hoping that history repeats itself tonight.
The USMNT-Canada game will be played at 8:00 p.m. EST and will air on FOX Sports 1, UNIMAS and TUDN.
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