Date: 19th July 2018 at 12:37pm
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It seems to be all about the goalkeepers this week for Bristol City fans.

Goal are one of a number of outlets linking us with a move for USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

The US national team stopper is said to be weighing up an offer from Ashton Gate for his services whilst he finds out if his parent club, Columbus Crew, can agree a final price with us. Reports suggest we have made an initial $3.9million offer for him and the implication is that a deal isn’t far from being done as we are at least in the ballpark area of their valuation of the 23-year-old talent.

The English game has done well from US goalkeepers in the past, but last season was the first time in two decades that the country had no US national team stopper in either of our top two divisions and if this speculation is true, the Robins are looking to correct that oversight.

I know nothing about the player, but if he’s the next Brad Friedel who’d argue at that.

MLS Soccer say that our offer, if accepted, would become the highest price paid for an MLS stopper since Manchester United paid $3million back in 2003 for Tim Howard.

Certainly a little left field given the goalies we’ve been linked with lately but seems to have pedigree.

 

2 Replies to “Bristol City – Bid In For International Goalkeeper”

  • Steffen is a good keeper. He has weak decision-making with the ball at his feet but with good coaching can hopefully improve.

    In almost every other regard he is a great keeper. He commands his back line well and seems to inspire a lot of trust in his defenders. Steffen is also an incredible shot-stopper with great range and reflexes and also good hands. He usually does a brilliant job of turning shots aside that he can’t handle out of the danger area.

    He is also one of the best penalty stoppers out there. He’s shut down opponents in penalty shootouts in games for the US Youth National Teams, stopped a penalty for the full national team (I think), and single-handedly kept Columbus Crew in games in both the regular season and the playoffs (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euN_AYIgSWQ).

    I think after his performance against France in the friendly he is the clear US #1.

    Also, the Columbus team is currently in a long, drawn out battle against its owner who wants to move the club to Austin, Texas. He may want to get out of that situation and the owner may be willing to sell if he thinks it will help his case in moving the team. I don’t want to see the team move, but it would be a good career move for Steffen.

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