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Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen made his Premier League debut in the club’s 3-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday afternoon in place of the usual starter Ederson, who has been forced to isolate himself as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in the club.
Steffen has previously played three times in the Carabao Cup this season, as well as in the last match of the Champions League group stage against Porto.
Even if Ederson were available, Steffen will likely play the next FA Cup tie against Birmingham anyway, but now he will keep his place as long as the Brazilian remains out of the game.
Steffen is an American and grew up in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, about 40 miles from Philadelphia.
He began his career in the junior ranks of a local soccer club, before being taken under the wing of the United States Soccer Development Academy. After that, Steffen was drafted to play college football at the University of Maryland.
He spent a year in Germany with the Freiburg reserve team in 2015/16, before returning to the United States and finally making a name for himself in MLS with the Columbus Crew beginning in 2017.
The 25-year-old has made 19 appearances for the United States national team, but has continued to share the gloves with various other goalkeepers in lieu of landing a regular starting spot.
Steffen was named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2018 season, prompting Manchester City to sign him to a deal worth an estimated $ 7 million, a record fee for an MLS goalkeeper, in December, once MLS campaign ended.
However, Steffen did not complete the move to Manchester immediately in the January transfer window and remained with the Columbus Crew for the first half of the 2019 MLS season until July. He then completed his transfer to City, although it was immediately confirmed that he would spend the 2019/20 season on loan with Fortuna Dusseldorf in Germany.
It was only after City released Claudio Bravo in 2020 that Steffen returned to the Etihad Campus and installed himself as the main club endorsement for Ederson.
Upon his return to Manchester City in 2020, Steffen was assigned jersey number 13. He became the first player to wear it since former second-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero left in 2017. That’s despite the fact that jersey number one of the City also remains vacant.
Steffen previously wore number 23 on the Columbus Crew and often uses number one for the USMNT.
MLS salary data confirms that Steffen received $ 145,000 for the 2018 MLS season. After his break-up year, that was upgraded to a $ 260,000 contract for the 2019 campaign, though he left mid-season to join Manchester City.
Premier League salaries are not officially disclosed as they are in MLS, but Steffen is now estimated to make the equivalent of more than $ 1 million per season with City and no less than 10 times his 2018 salary with Columbus Crew. His current salary is believed to be around £ 15,000 per week.
Zack Steffen is rated 76 in FIFA 21 and is a rare gold card if you want to collect him in Ultimate Team. His reflexes are his best attribute, with a rating of 83, but jumping, handling, kicking, and positioning are also at least above 70.
In FIFA 21’s career mode, Steffen has the potential to become a goalkeeper with 82 points.