Ethan Horvath had to wait over five months to get back on the field for Nottingham Forest and the American goalkeeper did not disappoint in earning his first shutout with the English club.
Horvath filled in for the suspended Brice Samba on Tuesday and made four saves in Nottingham Forest’s 0-0 draw with Preston North End. It was the U.S. men’s national team shot-stopper’s first appearance for the club since September 15 and Horvath did not look out of place in his 90-minute outing. Horvath made three saves in the second-half as Preston piled on the pressure, but the 26-year-old stood tall as Steve Cooper’s side left Deepdale with a point in their fight for promotion.
“In the second half, we never really got going and they piled on the pressure,” Cooper said postmatch in a club interview. “Ethan Horvath, who I thought was excellent, made a great save.”
Nottingham Forest sits in eighth place, five points back of the final playoff place in the English Football League Championship. Horvath will likely remain in goal this weekend as Cooper’s squad returns to the City Ground to host Bristol City.
In Europa Conference League action, Konrad De La Fuente scored his first goal for Ligue 1 side Marseille in a 3-0 second leg win over FK Qarabag. Marseille advanced into the quarterfinals after a 6-1 aggregate scoreline. De La Fuente started in last week’s first leg and came off the bench today to seal a lopsided win on Azerbaijan soil. The USMNT forward took advantage of an errant back pass and chipped home his first goal for the club. He would finish the match on the field as Marseille will learn its quarterfinal opponents on Friday.
In Europe, Christian Pulisic scored his first Champions League goal of this season’s tournament as Chelsea edged Lille at home. Weston McKennie suffered a foot injury for Juventus, which will rule him out of the second leg vs. Villarreal in March. Sergino Dest impressed for Barcelona as the La Liga club advanced in the Europa League.
In England, Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson helped Fulham claim a 2-1 win over Peterborough United while Marlon Fossey continued to rack up minutes with League One side Bolton Wanderers. Lynden Gooch returned to action with Sunderland, making his first appearance since Feb. 5.
Here is a closer look at this week’s Americans Abroad:
Christian Pulisic started, scored A GOAL, and played 80 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Lille on Tuesday.
Weston McKennie started and played 81 minutes in Juventus’ 1-1 draw with Villarreal on Tuesday. McKennie left with match with a foot injury.
Tim Weah dressed but did not play for Lille.
Sergino Dest started and played 90 minutes in Barcelona’s 4-1 second leg win over Napoli on Thursday. Barcelona advanced on a 5-2 scoreline.
Tyler Adams came off the bench and played one minute in RB Leipzig’s 3-1 second leg win over Real Sociedad on Thursday. RB Leipzig advanced on a 5-3 scoreline.
James Sands dressed but did not play in Rangers 2-2 second leg draw with Borussia Dortmund on Thursday. Rangers advanced on a 6-4 scoreline.
Gio Reyna is OUT (Injury) for Borussia Dortmund.
Konrad De La Fuente came off the bench, scored A GOAL, and played nine minutes in Marseille’s 3-0 second leg win over FK Qarabag on Thursday. Marseille advanced on 6-1 aggregate scoreline.
Cameron Carter-Vickers dressed but did not play in Celtic’s 2-0 second leg loss to Bodo/Glimt on Thursday. Celtic was eliminated by 5-1 aggregate scoreline.
Richie Ledezma is OUT (Injury) for PSV.
Ethan Horvath started and played 90 minutes in Nottingham Forest’s 0-0 draw with Preston North End on Tuesday.
Antonee Robinson, Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes in Fulham’s 2-1 win over Peterborough United on Wednesday.
Duane Holmes started and played 71 minutes in Huddersfield Town’s 2-1 win over Cardiff City on Wednesday.
Matthew Olosunde did not dress for Preston.
Marlon Fossey started and played 90 minutes in Bolton Wanderers 3-1 win over Lincoln City on Tuesday.
Lynden Gooch started and played 75 minutes in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with Burton Albion on Tuesday.
Andrija Novakovich came off the bench, registered AN ASSIST, and played eight minutes in Frosinone’s 3-0 win over Reggina on Wednesday.
Copa De La Liga Profesional
Joel Sonora and Velez Sarsfield visit Huracan on Thursday.