American goalkeeper Zack Steffen missed his third straight game for Middlesbrough, a 1-0 win over visiting Sunderland on Monday night in England’s second-tier League Championship.
The 27-year-old, on loan from Manchester City, has not played since Aug. 20 in Middlesbrough’s fifth match of the season. Manager Chris Wilder has said Steffen was bothered by a knee injury.
Steffen is competing for a spot on the U.S. World Cup roster with Matt Turner, who is Aaron Ramsdale’s backup at Arsenal; Ethan Horvath, who was loaned from Nottingham Forest to second-tier Luton for this season; and New York City’s Sean Johnson.
American midfielder Lynden Gooch started for Sunderland. American forward Matthew Hoppe was dressed for Middlesbrough but did not enter and has not played since Aug. 20.