USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen has swapped Manchester City for Fortuna Düsseldorf. - © 2019 Getty Images
USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen has swapped Manchester City for Fortuna Düsseldorf. - © 2019 Getty Images
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Zack Steffen joins Fortuna Düsseldorf on season-long loan from Manchester City

Fortuna Düsseldorf have announced the signing of USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen on a season-long loan deal from English Premier League champions Manchester City.

The 24-year-old returns to Germany, where he previously appeared for Freiburg's reserves, having reinforced his reputation as the USA's No.1 at the Columbus Crew last season and as part of the US team that reached the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

"I'm Zack Steffen, goalkeeper of the US men's national team," said Steffen in an introductory tweet. "We're finishing up Gold Cup right now, but I'm very happy to be coming back over to Germany and joining such an historical club. Bis bald [see you soon]!"

Steffen started all but one of the USA's six matches at the 2019 Gold Cup. - 2019 Getty Images

Steffen, who picked up his 14th cap for the USMNT in the recent Gold Cup final defeat to Mexico, was snapped up by City this summer and the Premier League champions have duly sent him to Düsseldorf, where he can expect to get more of a regular game this season.

"Zack Steffen is a modern goalkeeper who's got it all," said Fortuna's sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel. "He's technically well-schooled, strong in one-against-one situations and is an excellent footballer. It's no coincidence that Manchester City decided to sign him up on a long-term deal."

Steffen will challenge Michael Rensing and Raphael Wolf for the right to keep goal for Fortuna this season, with a trip to Werder Bremen on Matchday 1 (August 17/18) pencilled in for his potential Bundesliga debut.