Steffen and Turner should consider loans, Dempsey says

May 16, 2022 at 7:19 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Clint Dempsey thinks United States goalkeepers Zack Steffen and Matt Turner should consider going out on loan for the start of next season to get them in World Cup shape if they’re not going to play. regularly with their teams in the English Premier League.

Turner is leaving the New England Revolution in MLS this summer to play for Arsenal, where Aaron Ramsdale replaced Bernd Leno as the starter in September. Leno has started one league game since then and is expected to transfer in the summer transfer window.

Steffen has played in just nine games this season for Manchester City, where he is Ederson’s backup. He only appeared in one game in the Premier League, in addition to four in the FA Cup, two in the League Cup, one in the Champions League and the Community Shield.

“Whoever is going to win that position is going to be the one who plays the most consistently. And if you’re not playing consistently for your team, then you need to go out on loan to get those minutes, because it’s all about being fit when the time comes,” Dempsey said Monday. “It will be interesting to see what happens with Turner and Steffen in July and August.”

Dempsey, a midfielder and striker for the United States at the World Cups in 2006, 2010 and 2014, spoke at a news conference ahead of his induction into the United States National Team Hall of Fame on Saturday.