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Manchester City’s Zack Steffen became the last American goalkeeper to play in the Premier League, with goalkeepers being the United States’ top international football exports.

Steffen joins an impressive list of his compatriots who have donned the gloves in England, some of them among the best goalkeepers of any nationality to play in the Premier League.

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Juergen Sommer, former QPR goalkeeper for New England Revolution | Doug Pensinger / Getty Images

Career in the Premier League: 1995 – 1996
Club: QPR
Appearances: 33
Clean sheets: 4

Sommer was the first but perhaps the least famous or the least famous American goalkeeper to play in the Premier League, having joined QPR in 1995. The Hoops were relegated but he remained until 1998.

Sommer was also a non-playing member of the American teams at the World Cups in 1994 and 1998.

Brad Guzan
Brad Guzan had to be patient to have a chance in the Premier League | Charlie Crowhurst / Getty Images

Career in the Premier League: 2008 – 2017
Clubs: Aston Villa, Middlesbrough
Appearances: 154
Clean sheets: 29

Although he arrived at the club in 2008, Guzan had to wait until the 2012/13 season before becoming Aston Villa’s number one, when Villa was starting to struggle and would be relegated by 2016.

Guzan was then taken over by the recently promoted Middlesbrough but was mainly the second pick for veteran Spain Victor Valdes.

Zack Steffen
Zack Steffen has become Man City’s No.2 goalkeeper | Pool / Getty Images

Career in the Premier League: 2020 – present
Club: Manchester city
Appearances: 1
Clean sheets: 1

Steffen is still in the early stages of his Premier League career, but he landed at an elite club straight away after being named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018.

Skeptics weren’t expecting Steffen to play for Manchester City one day due to the way the club are recruiting talent to cultivate elsewhere, but he has been installed as the number two goalkeeper this season.

Marcus Hahnemann
Marcus Hahnemann was a cult hero in Reading | Bryn Lennon / Getty Images

Career in the Premier League: 2006 – 2008; 2009 – 2012
Clubs: Reading, Wolves, Everton
Appearances: 115
Clean sheets: 28

Hahnemann left a starting role in MLS in 1999 to settle in England, eventually making a name for himself in Reading and helping the Royals get promoted in 2006.

The fierce competition for places has allowed Hahnemann to make just a handful of international appearances in his long career, but he was named to two World Cup teams in 2006 and 2010 in his heyday.

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Kasey Keller’s first Premier League club was Leicester | Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Career in the Premier League: 1996 – 1999; 2001 – 2005; 2007 – 2008
Clubs: Leicester, Tottenham, Southampton, Fulham
Appearances: 201
Clean sheets: 55

Keller spent a total of five seasons as the Premier League’s number one goalkeeper, first with Leicester in the late 1990s and later with Tottenham in the early 2000s.

Keller first got a taste of football in England with Millwall in the lower leagues, as he went to four World Cups and was a starter in two.

Brad Friedel
Brad Friedel played in the Premier League until the age of 42 | Julian Finney / Getty Images

Career in the Premier League: 1997 – 2000; 2001 – 2014
Clubs: Liverpool, Blackburn, Aston Villa, Tottenham
Appearances: 450
Clean sheets: 132

Repeated work permit issues prevented Friedel from joining Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and Sunderland, before finally getting permission to sign for Liverpool in 1997.

But it was after dropping out of one division and getting promoted with Blackburn that he established himself as a Premier League star, setting a new record for 310 consecutive appearances.

Tim howard
Tim Howard is one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League | Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Career in the Premier League: 2003 – 2016
Clubs: Manchester United, Everton
Appearances: 399
Clean sheets: 132

Howard has been dubbed the “US Secretary of Defense” for his heroic exploits at the 2014 World Cup, especially in a record-breaking performance against Belgium, and has been a Premier League starter for more than a year. decade.

Howard initially thrived at Manchester United until losing his place after just 18 months, but then laid the groundwork for a period of remarkable consistency in the top half at Everton.

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