Downingtown West Grad to Square Off Against Fellow Pennsylvanian in Bid to Make American Soccer History

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Zack Steffen, left.

If Manchester City beats Chelsea FC in the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday, Downingtown West High School graduate Zack Steffen will make history as just the second American to ever win the Champions League trophy, according to a report from CBS Philly.

The only other American to win the Champions League was Jovan Kirovski with Borussia Dortmund in 1996-97.

One of the first players to be molded by the Philadelphia Union Academy, Steffen went on to play college soccer at Maryland. As a member of Manchester City, he already made history as the first American to win the English Premier League when the team recently secured the title.

Steffen, a goalkeeper, got the win and a shutout as part of Manchester City’s defeat of Marseille in the group stage of the competition in December. Although the 26-year-old is mostly a reserve, he has played in both EFL Cup and FA Cup matches this season.

Even if Manchester City loses on Saturday, Pennsylvania will provide America with its second winner of the Champions League as Hershey native Christian Pulisic plays for Chelsea.

Read more about Zack Steffen at CBS Philly.

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