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Zack Steffen, Ethan Horvath among USMNT players whose club careers remain in question


Many U.S. men’s national team players were able to earn permanent transfers or loans this summer to help them continue developing in Europe’s top leagues, however others were not as fortunate.

Zack Steffen, Weston McKennie, and Ethan Horvath are just a handful of American players that were unable to find new situations at club level prior to the summer transfer window closing. Steffen and Horvath are both fighting to get back in the mix at club level, which could help with the USMNT down the road.

Reggie Cannon has been without a club since June after leaving Portuguese side Boavista due to reported unpaid wages. The USMNT right back’s future remains unknown after not being signed as a free agent over the last two months.

Alan Sonora also remains on the market as a free agent signing after leaving Liga MX side FC Juarez by mutual consent. Taylor Booth is injured for FC Utrecht but was linked with a move away after a positive debut season in Holland.

Here is a closer look at which USMNT players’ club careers remain in question heading into the fall:

Zack Steffen, Manchester City

Zack Steffen remains under contract at English Premier League giants Manchester City, but isn’t likely to see the field again for the club.

Steffen underwent a knee procedure following Middlesbrough’s exit from the EFL Championship playoffs last spring and hasn’t been in action since. The 28-year-old logged 42 combined appearances for Middlesbrough last season, which was the most appearances for him since he left the Columbus Crew in 2019.

Steffen would add value to many clubs’ goalkeeping ranks, but with the transfer window shut in plenty of Europe’s top leagues, it will be hard for him and Manchester City to determine what’s next.

Weston McKennie, Juventus

Weston McKennie entered Juventus’ preseason camp set for a move away from the Serie A club, but fought his way back into Massimiliano Allegri’s plans.

However, McKennie might need to adapt to a new role in the squad with several midfielders fighting for minutes this season. The 24-year-old recently featured as a right wing back in league action, which could be a role we see him used in more often.

The relationship with fellow USMNT teammate Tim Weah will certainly help McKennie with Juventus this season, but a lack of playing time in his natural midfield role could be a negative.

Ethan Horvath, Nottingham Forest

Ethan Horvath looked set to make a return to Luton Town following his impressive loan spell there last season, but instead remained at Nottingham Forest.

Horvath is now behind fellow USMNT teammate Matt Turner and Greece international Odysseas Vlachodimos in Steve Cooper’s squad. The 28-year-old registered 20 clean sheets for the Hatters last season in their promotion back to the top-flight, but now will have little opportunity this campaign.

Nottingham Forest’s early exit from the EFL Cup is also a worrying sign for Horvath’s limited opportunities to play.

Reggie Cannon, Free Agent

Reggie Cannon delivered a strong three seasons with Portuguese club Boavista, but his current club future looks bleak.

Cannon logged 82 appearances in the Portuguese top-flight, showing off his versatility as a full back and centerback for the club. The veteran defender left Boavista this summer due to reported unpaid wages and remains unsigned at this time.

Turkish club Trabzonspor was once linked with Cannon’s services but no move came to fruition. Several other countries’ transfer windows will close shut in the coming days, which would be a worrying sign for Cannon’s long-term future.

Taylor Booth, FC Utrecht

Taylor Booth started off the Eredivisie season with FC Utrecht but is now sidelined for the foreseeable future.

Booth, 22, was linked earlier this year with Manchester United after a positive debut season in the Dutch top-flight. He scored two goals and added four assists in 25 combined appearances, showing his versatility as a winger and midfielder.

FC Utrecht could certainly use Booth back in action, especially after a poor start to its domestic schedule.

Alan Sonora, Free Agent

Alan Sonora earned five caps with the USMNT in 2023, but that number might not increase anytime soon unless he finds a new club.

Sonora remains a free agent after leaving FC Juarez earlier this summer by mutual consent. The 25-year-old made eight appearances in Liga MX, registering one assist in that time.

With over 80 appearances under his belt in Argentina, Sonora very well could end up back in the Primeira Liga alongside his brother Joel. Joel signed for Huracan earlier this summer and a partnership with him there might be what helps Alan get back on track.


    • Olympic eligible. Like Horvath, Mighten was hurt by Forest’s promotion. He played some for them in the Championship but wasn’t ready for the EPL. Unlike Horvath he had a bad experience last year in League One. Hopefully he’ll get some in Belgium but won’t do so well he isn’t released next summer. Assuming he files his switch (it’s been rumored for over year but never confirmed).

  1. Reggie have an interview during GC saying his deal was just about done and we’d be hearing about it soon. Apparently that fell thru.

      • Is Reggie free of his contract?

        Didn’t Boavista cut him loose over the non payment issue?

        I know clubs like Nottingham Forest were interested.

        If he were a free agent he doesn’t have to worry so much about the transfer window

      • Saudi Arabia is open until Sept 7.

        For free agents like Reggie (if he is one) and Lingard clubs probably wait until all the transfer dealings are wrapped up and clubs can evaluate what they have.

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