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Man City goalkeeper to complete MLS return ahead of new season

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The Citizens have agreed to sell their third-choice keeper to Colorado Rapids.

Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen is on the verge of completing a move back to Major League Soccer (MLS).

Steffen joined the Citizens on a $7m deal from Columbus Crew in 2019, spending back-to-back loan spells at Dusseldorf and Middleborough. City’s decision to sign Stefan Ortega as their second-choice goalkeeper last summer limited Steffen’s playing chances. The 28-year-old has now decided to make a permanent move away from Etihad.

According to the Athletic, Steffen has an agreement in place for a four-year deal at Colorado Rapids. The American goalkeeper is ready to finalize his move in the coming days.

After a three-year stint in Europe, Steffen returns to MLS, where he starred for Columbus Crew between 2016 and 2019. A year before his move to Man City, Steffen was named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year, securing a place in the national team.

Moving back to MLS could help Steffen reclaim his place in the USMNT after being dropped before the Qatar World Cup. The goalkeeper’s transfer is part of Colorado’s extensive squad overhaul, which has seen the likes of Danny Wilson and Diego Rubio leave the club.