U.S. Soccer Sunday announced that goalkeeper Zack Steffen has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not travel to Honduras for the U.S. men’s national team’s World Cup Qualifier in San Pedro Sula Sept. 8.
He will be replaced on the roster by New York City FC goalkeeper 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 Sunday. 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.
Johnson, 31, has nine caps and four shutouts for the senior national team. He has been an active part of the USMNT player pool since 2011. Johnson has arrived in Nashville and will be available for selection for Sunday night’s game vs. Canada.