Zack Steffen at Fortuna Düsseldorf (on loan from Manchester City)

Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by Chance, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
  2. Jazzy Altidore

    Jazzy Altidore Member+

    Sep 2, 2009
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hopefully he can make a better move than this.
     
  3. adam tash

    adam tash Member+

    Jul 12, 2013
    so lame he'd need to jump through all of these hoops to play in the country that created the USA in the first place....

    every other former colonial, non-euro country gets automatic rights in at least 1 euro country it seems, except the USA and a handful of others....
     
  4. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The article misspelled Steffen’s name. That makes me question how seriously we should take it.
     
  5. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    I suppose that's because they are free to exploit those nations whereas the US and a handful of others refuse to have its citizens be exploited :oops:

    at least that's what I wonder when I read of the Cotonou agreement and various others. It seems incredibly unequal.
     
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  6. Dave Marino-Nachison

    Jun 9, 1999
  7. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
    NYC
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  9. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    I was crossing my fingers for a Serie A club
     
  10. kruck

    kruck Member+

    Jan 12, 2008
    Houston, TX
    Club:
    SV Werder Bremen
    Michael Rensing was the GK for Fortuna last season. He was famously at Bayern for many many years. He is experienced keeper but I don't think he is really all that good. It will be interesting to see if Steffen can beat him out.
     
  11. m vann

    m vann Moderator
    Staff Member

    Colorado Rapids & Celtic FC
    Sep 10, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    And their backup is a 39 yr old Jaroslav Drobn. So you have a 35 year old and a 39 year old. It makes sense that Dusseldorf is searching for a younger upgrade. Not to mention Dusseldorf finished a very, very respectable 10th after being promoted. It could be a great landing spot. I assume Steffen also has a grasp on the German language, too.
     
  12. TimB4Last

    TimB4Last Member+

    May 5, 2006
    Dystopia
    Heimweh, at least?
     
  13. m vann

    m vann Moderator
    Staff Member

    Colorado Rapids & Celtic FC
    Sep 10, 2002
    Denver, CO
    Club:
    Celtic FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Shouldn't be homesick. I read his sister is tagging along wherever he goes :D
     
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  14. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    how does a club have a 39 year old as their no.2? Is he like the Brad Friedel of the club?
     
  15. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    So, like when a GK is sent on loan, are their specific guarantees that they will be a no.1 or the right opportunity to compete for it?

    I can imagine the resident no.1 being very pissed at this.
     
  16. sakibomb523

    sakibomb523 Member+

    Oct 13, 2009
    Orange County
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Steffen will at least have company with the Ruhr area boys this time around. I imagine he'll be hanging out with McKennie and co.
     
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  17. AngelaMerkin

    AngelaMerkin Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    I imagine he's being brought into compete very strongly for the no.1 spot. For a club like Fortuna, putting off a goalkeeper purchase even one season allows them to spend elsewhere to help fight the drop. The nice thing about gk's is they are an island unto themselves... Meaning they can play the best available gk without screwing up the team flow or view towards building forward. If they stay up one more year, then they can splash the keeper money if needed.
     
  18. superdave

    superdave Member+

    Jul 14, 1999
    VB, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The loan doesn’t make sense for any of the 3 parties unless the job is Zack’s to lose.

    1 might make a mistake. But not all 3.

    Nothing is guaranteed, but Zack will have every opportunity to start.
     
  19. mattjo

    mattjo Member+

    Feb 3, 2001
    Washington DC
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We laugh, but I am happy about that for Zack. He is tight with his family, and actually has the names of his siblings tattooed on him.
     
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  20. nobody

    nobody Member+

    Jun 20, 2000
    Sounds like a good spot. High enough level to be a step up from MLS, but on a team needing a goalie to step in and take the spot. Naturally, he has to show better than the other options, but this looks like a well-thought out opportunity with every chance for success.
     
  21. HS Teacher

    HS Teacher Member

    Jan 3, 2018
    Spain
    Agreed. He was self-reflective about his struggles in his first run in Germany, and his sister joining him hopefully will help in the transition back.
     
  22. WheezingUSASupport

    Dortmund
    United States
    Aug 28, 2017
    Yea this seems like a very ideal fit. It’s enough of a challenge for him to get that #1 spot locked down and learn at a higher level, but not too difficult that this loan seems like a waste.
     
  23. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    I guess his sister wasn't eligible for a UK work permit.
     
  24. Eleven Bravo

    Eleven Bravo Member+

    Atlanta United
    United States
    Jul 3, 2004
    SC
    Club:
    Atlanta Silverbacks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If he gets to start at Fortuna then that will be an outstanding move... no way he was coming from the Crew to knock out Ederson.
     
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  25. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    They dropped 10 million on him. Is that pretty in line with the cost of a no.2 at a club like City?
     

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