Berhalter bypasses the issue of a loan from Steffen, Turner and Horvath

FILE - United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen reacts to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022 in San Jose, Costa Rica on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 during a qualifying football match against Costa Rica. Steffen, Matt Turner or Ethan Horvath in the World Cup goal if they do not play regularly for their Premier League clubs.  (AP Photo / Moises Castillo, File)

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FILE – United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen reacts to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022 in San Jose, Costa Rica on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 during a qualifying football match against Costa Rica. Steffen, Matt Turner or Ethan Horvath in the World Cup goal if they do not play regularly for their Premier League clubs. (AP Photo / Moises Castillo, File)

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FILE – United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen reacts to the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022 in San Jose, Costa Rica on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 during a qualifying football match against Costa Rica. Steffen, Matt Turner or Ethan Horvath in the World Cup goal if they do not play regularly for their Premier League clubs. (AP Photo / Moises Castillo, File)

The U.S. goalie is the most uncertain in 30 years, and coach Gregg Berhalter has avoided saying he would be happy with the start of Zack Steffen, Matt Turner or Ethan Horvath at the World Cup if they do not regularly play for their Premier League clubs.

The 29-year-old Steffen has played just one league match this season in Manchester City behind Ederson. Turner, 27, is coming to Arsenal next month from New England as an envoy to Aaron Ramsdale. Horvath, 26, played just six league games in Nottingham Forest before replacing the injured Brice Samba in the final minutes of Sunday’s playoff final.

“I’m not sure if this question needs to be answered right now,” Berhalter said on Tuesday, the day before the US played with Morocco at the Cincinnati show. “I think it’s time to leave it all at that. And that’s the beauty of time in this case. So what we can do is assess the situation.”

Tony Meola, Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel and Tim Howard ensured continuity and confidence as regular starters in most of the key matches of the period 1989-2017.

Turner started eight of the 14 World Cup qualifiers in this cycle and Berhalter said he would be in the 15th place in the US against the 24th Morocco.

Steffen misses four World Cup preparatory matches for family reasons in June and has been replaced on the roster by 33-year-old Sean Johnson of Major League Soccer in New York.

Retired American star Clint Dempsey said goalkeepers should consider borrowing if they don’t start regularly.

“Whoever wins this place will play more consistently,” the American scoring co-leader said two weeks ago. “And if you don’t play consistently for your club, then you have to go on hosting and get those minutes, because it’s all about being sharp when the time comes.”

Berhalter did not say whether he would defend the loan. The Premier League season opens on August 6 and the transfer period ends on September 1.

“This will be an interview we will have to have in August,” he said.

Alex Lalas, a former American defender, now an analyst at Fox, said Steffen could be too valuable as a reinforcement in Man City, which precluded a temporary move.

“Saying you want to borrow doesn’t necessarily mean that,” he said.

Lalas claimed that all three who did not play were heading for the opening match of the World Cup on November 21 “to excuse you”.

“I would all prefer our goalkeepers to play, but I’m not worried that in three months or anything else that leaves in November, they would become bad goalkeepers and couldn’t save the ball,” he said. “In international play, form can be a mistake.”

In other news:

– Bayern Munich midfielder Malik Tillman was approved by FIFA on Tuesday, three days after his 20th birthday, to change the association from Germany to the United States. “He showed a lot of quality in training, he understood the game very well, a very good first touch and an awareness around sixteen.” Striker Haji Wright and defender Joe Scally could also make their debut, although Berhalter said Scally would not play on Wednesday.

– Weston McKennie is able to play for about 20 minutes as he regains fitness after breaking two bones on his left leg during the Juventus Champions League match in Villarreale, Spain on February 22nd. The only action of the midfielder since then was in the finals of the season on May 21, when he started in the 76th min.

– Berhalter can test Brendan Aaronson in the middle of the field and not the wide role he used during qualifying.

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