American goalkeeper Zack Steffen missed his third straight sport for Middlesbrough, a 1-0 win over visiting Sunderland on Monday evening in England’s second-tier League Championship.
The 27-year-old, on mortgage from Manchester Metropolis, has not performed since Aug. 20 in Middlesbrough’s fifth match of the season. Supervisor Chris Wilder has mentioned Steffen was bothered by a knee damage.
Steffen is competing for a spot on the U.S. World Cup roster with Matt Turner, who’s Aaron Ramsdale’s backup at Arsenal; Ethan Horvath, who was loaned from Nottingham Forest to second-tier Luton for this season; and New York Metropolis’s Sean Johnson.
American midfielder Lynden Gooch began for Sunderland. American ahead Matthew Hoppe was dressed for Middlesbrough however didn’t enter and has not performed since Aug. 20.
The final two World Cup prep matches for the People are towards Japan on Sept. 23 at Düsseldorf, Germany, and vs. Saudi Arabia 4 days later at Murcia, Spain.
American coach Gregg Berhalter plans to announce his 26-man World Cup roster on Nov. 9.
The U.S. opens the World Cup in Qatar towards Wales on Nov. 21, performs England in a Black Friday matchup 4 days later and closes group play on Nov. 29 towards Iran.
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