Last week, Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew rejected Bristol City’s bid for their American goalkeeper Zack Steffen, according to ESPN.
Bristol City should continue to aggressively pursue Steffen, as the 23-year-old is a promising young goalkeeper who has the talent to thrive in the Championship.
The American has experience in European football, having signed for German club Freiburg after leaving university in the States.
Although Steffen never made a first-team appearance for Freiburg, he learned valuable lessons from the club before making the move across the pond to MLS.
The goalkeeper has excelled while at Columbus Crew, starring in the club’s playoff run last season while making remarkable saves in a penalty shootout win against Atlanta United.
His impressive performances for the Crew earned Steffen a call-up to the U.S. national team in January, and he has quickly earned plaudits for his international exploits.
Most notably, the American turned in a man-of-the-match performance in a pre-World Cup friendly against France in Lyon this June.
Steffen played a large part in his country’s 1-1 draw, making superb stops to deny Nabil Fekir and Ousmane Dembele in the closing stages of the match.
His performance was hailed by the official website of U.S. Soccer, praising Steffen’s vital stops against some of the world’s best attacking players.
“Man of the Match Zack Steffen made yet another star turn, making seven saves to thwart the vaunted French front line.”
It is clear that the 23-year-old is already a goalkeeping star in the making, and a move to Ashton Gate would be an ideal switch for Steffen.
As part of a Bristol City side that will be hoping to be ambitious in the Championship this season, Zack Steffen can thrive in his introduction to English football.