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Ethan Horvath benched as Club Brugge opens goalkeeper competition

Ethan Horvath has been Club Brugge’s No. 1 for quite some time, but the American goalkeeper now faces an open competition for the starting gig.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper was relegated to the bench this past weekend for Brugge’s 0-0 draw with Andelecht. According to manager Ivan Leko, Horvath is now a part of a three-way competition for the starting role.

“There has been a lot of pressure on Horvath lately,” Leko said. “Some saves he did well, other saves were less good. There have been some individual mistakes lately. And so it was time to give Guillaume Hubert a chance. He’s done well in training. But that does not mean anything for the coming weeks. At this moment there is no fixed No. 1 with us. ”

After joining last winter, Horvath made four league appearances to close the season for the Belgian club. This season, the goalkeeper has started 12 league matches as well as two Champions League and two Europa League qualifiers.



  1. Since taking over last season Horvath is 12-3-1 in league play as the starter. They are off to their best start in15 years with him as the starter. He is 10-2 this season and a big reason they are in first place. It’s a wonder young Americans get discouraged and frustrated.

  2. Ethan Horvat is the numbert two goolkeaper,in CONCACAF,the first is Keylor Navas
    and is 21 years old,he was in U20Usamnt soccer,better tha Penedo,number 3
    and Memo Ochoa the number 5 the inflated mexican whit the worst team Sporting
    Leija and has 31 years

  3. I hope Ethan Horvath can weather this storm and survive the trial. If he did, Horvath will come out of this testing experience a much stronger, better professional player and person. Best of luck and stay strong!

    • Agreed. Competition, and professional adversity often develops a better player than those individuals seeking comfort and certainty.


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