American goalkeepers Zack Steffen and Ethan Horvath made debuts Saturday for teams on the opening day of the second tier English League Championship.
Steffen, on loan from Manchester City where he was a backup to Ederson, was in goal for Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw against visiting West Bromwich Albion.
U.S. goalkeeping is its most uncertain in 30 years, and coach Gregg Berhalter sidestepped saying whether he would be comfortable starting Zack Steffen, Matt Turner or Ethan Horvath at the World Cup if they aren't playing regularly for their Premier League clubs.
CHICAGO (AP) — Manchester City's Zack Steffen will miss the United States' four World Cup prep matches next month for what the team said was family reasons, and he was replaced on the roster Friday by D.C.'s Sean Johnson.
NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Demspey says he thinks American goalkeepers Zack Steffen and Matt Turner should consider going on loans for the start of next season to get sharp ahead of the World Cup if they are not going to be playing regularly for their Premier League clubs.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil coach Tite called up uncapped Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli for the first time on Friday for the last two World Cup qualifying matches at the end of the month.
The squad did not, though, include Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus or fellow striker Roberto Firmino of Liverpool, who may now be at risk of not making the finals in Qatar in November.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Arsenal has reached an agreement for American goalkeeper Matt Turner to transfer to the London club this summer from the New England Revolution, subject to a successful physical.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Zack Steffen did not travel to Ohio because of a recurrence of back tightness, leaving Matt Turner as the likely starter in goal for the United States in its World Cup qualifier against El Salvador on Thursday night.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil has triggered a FIFA regulation in a bid to prevent eight players from competing for their respective clubs in the English Premier League this weekend.
They had been called up for World Cup qualifiers but didn't travel after Premier League teams had objected to their players going to South American nations, which are red-listed by the British government because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Goalkeeper Ederson will start Brazil's Copa America quarterfinals match against Chile, taking the place of the once-unchallenged Alisson.
The Manchester City goalkeeper confirmed he will start for Brazil for the second time in the tournament at Friday's game at the Nilton Santos Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP) — Goalkeeper Zack Steffen will miss the United States' exhibition against Costa Rica on Wednesday night with a bone bruise on his left knee.
Steffen left the United States' CONCACAF Nations League final against Mexico on Sunday night with the score 1-1 in the 69th minute.