The nightmarish moment that Manchester City star Zach Stephen suffered during the club’s meeting with Liverpool on Saturday culminated in a fierce reaction from the United States fans.
City, of course, is currently closed at Wembley.
After a 2-2 draw in the Premier League with the Reds less than a week ago, Pep Guardiola’s forces faced their Liverpool counterparts again, on this occasion in the FA Cup semi-finals.
As things stand in the English capital this afternoon, the Sky Blues look well on their way to a completely disappointing result.
This comes with Liverpool having a 2-0 advantage, due to strikes by Ibrahima Konate and Sadio Mane.
And the Nationals’ second showdown, as noted above, has since led to Zach Steven, City’s reserve goalkeeper, taking center stage in the headlines.
Unfortunately for the 27-year-old, this has happened for all the wrong reasons.
Receiving the ball in his own goal, Stephen proceeded to flirt with possession, allowing the arriving Sadio Mane to easily cut off his attempt to clear, doubling City’s advantage in the process:
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Emirates Cup April 16 2022
Meanwhile, one fan particularly noted Stephen’s forgotten moment in the form of United States national team supporters.
This comes with No. 2 in Man City, at the moment, the first choice for his country.
So calls are mounting for USA manager Greg Berhalter to demote Stephen to reserve duties, to make way for Matt Turner, of course ready to be linked with one of the Premier League giants at Arsenal next summer:
If Steffen isn’t on loan somewhere starting every week by the time the World Cup, Berhalter should pick Matt Turner. It’s very simple. #USMNT https://t.co/n3zn717vMd
– Chris Smith (@CJSmith91) April 16 2022
Turner World Cup No. 1 Zach Stephen was fired at Sun Greg #FACupSemiFinal
– JayJayDean (@JayJayDean) April 16 2022
Zach Stephen is better with his feet than Matt Turner. pic.twitter.com/nFSYLEdJgf
– SoccerDad (@WVSoccerdad) April 16 2022
It has been a long time since Turner was announced as the initiator for Qatar.
Give him the gloves.
(And out of time to stop talking about Stephen’s ability with his feet being what separates the two. Nah….miss me with this.)
– Chad from Kavkaz Center. In a mask (again). (@TheChad_KC) April 16 2022
Isn’t Stephen supposed to be better than Turner with his feet? Isn’t that why he is the initiator even though Turner is the best blocker… Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
– ⭐️ Brian from Omaha (@medocre_ace) April 16 2022
Zach Stephen is so bad. He can’t start with City again and shouldn’t start again with Matt Turner.
– Benjamin Gonzalez (@_beng02_) April 16 2022
LMAOOOO Zach Steffen is in the mud personally, I wouldn’t make him the USMNT in the beginning 11 He has shown that he has no urgency and that the second target is an example. Matt Turner should start IMO.
– T (geonnathantah) April 16 2022
Matt Turner > Stack Stephen
– Jared (@okjarred) April 16 2022
Turner> Steffen I don’t want to see this guy start the World Cup, name it
– Brady Episodes 7 (BradyGotNext) April 16 2022
It shouldn’t be so dramatic, but Zach Stephen was supposed to lose his first job to Turner at the 2022 World Cup. Not just the ‘big stage’ guy IMO
– Alex Kantor (@AlexKant21) April 16 2022
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