CHICAGO (Sept. 5, 2021) – U.S. Soccer has confirmed that goalkeeper Zack Steffen has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not travel to Honduras for the U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup Qualifier on Sept. 8 in San Pedro Sula. He will be replaced on the roster by Sean Johnson.
Steffen’s positive result was confirmed through rigorous serial testing in accordance with U.S. Soccer’s COVID-19 protocols. After his initial positive result, Steffen was isolated and contact tracing was initiated by U.S. Soccer’s medical staff. His positive result was confirmed with additional testing that was completed today. In addition to Steffen, one other member of the delegation also tested positive and has undergone the same protocol.
All potential contacts – players and staff – have tested negative in multiple tests since Steffen’s initial positive result and are cleared to participate.
As always, U.S. Soccer’s top priority is the health and safety of its players and staff. U.S. Soccer is committed to following the health practices outlined by the CDC and in the U.S. Soccer Return to Play protocols.
Johnson, 31, has nine caps and four shutouts for the senior national team. The NYCFC goalkeeper and dual national has been an active part of the USMNT player pool since 2011. Johnson has arrived in Nashville and will be available for selection this evening.