Downingtown West Grad Becomes Just 48th American to Play in World’s Most Famous National Soccer League


Downingtown West High School graduate Zack Steffen, a goalkeeper for Manchester City, made his English Premier League debut a successful one, writes Jonathan Tannenwald for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

On Sunday, his team beat Chelsea, 3-1, in a match that left Steffen with little to do. He made a blunder early on, when he illegally picked up a teammate’s pass in his own 18-yard box. However, the resulting free kick from Chelsea was easily deflected by his teammates.

He made his first – and only – save of the game in the second half, when he caught Cesar Azpilicueta’s header off a free kick. He also completed 21 of 26 passes.

The goal from Chelsea came in the 92nd minute, and while it may have been a sour end to a solid debut for the 25-year-old Steffen, it made little difference.

By stepping onto the pitch, Steffen, the keeper for the U.S. Men’s National Team, became the 48th American to play in the most famous national soccer league in the world.

Read more about Zack Steffen in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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