Downingtown native Zack Steffen is reportedly heading to Premier League giants Manchester City in a multi-million dollar deal.
First reported by The Athletic’s Paul Tenorio, our friends over at Massive Report confirmed the former FC Delco (Continental FC as the club is known now) and Philadelphia Union youth goalkeeper will be transferred during the winter transfer window opening in January for about $9 million.
The 23-year-old was named the 2018 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in his second season as the Columbus Crew SC starting goalkeeper and made his USMNT senior team debut in January.
Born in Coatesville, Steffen grew up in Downingtown, graduating from Downingtown High School West in 2013 after starring for the Whippets on the soccer field while also playing in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for FC Delco (U.S. Soccer switched to a 10-month season Steffen’s senior year of high school).
He was also part of the Philadelphia Union youth setup in its infancy when it was essentially all-star teams of area clubs and won the 2012 Generation adidas Cup in a penalty shootout over Toronto FC with current Philadelphia Union head coach Jim Curtin as the coach.
While the Crew stand to make a sizable chunk of change for the transfer — sadly Continental FC won’t see any payments for their role in his development — it remains unclear whether current owner Anthony Precourt will be able to pocket the money and take it to his proposed team in Austin or it will stay with the new ownership group.
Steffen’s initial stay in Manchester might not be long. Former NYCFC manager Patrick Vieira’s Nice team in France and the City Football Group-owned Girona in Spain are two possible loan destinations.