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Americans Abroad: Horvath out, Steffen in for Premier League squads


The futures of two U.S. men’s national team goalkeepers became more clear on Wednesday ahead of the resumption of the English Premier League season.

Ethan Horvath was not included in Nottingham Forest’s 25-player squad, leaving him on the outside of Steve Cooper’s goalkeeping corps. USMNT No. 1 goalkeeper Matt Turner remains Cooper’s starting option while Odysseas Vlachodimos and Wayne Hennessey are also in the squad.

Horvath recently registered a one-save clean sheet on Tuesday in the USMNT’s 4-0 home friendly win over Oman. The 28-year-old has yet to feature in the new campaign for Nottingham Forest in any competition.

Horvath enjoyed a stellar loan spell with Luton Town last season, registering 20 clean sheets as he helped the club earn Premier League promotion. Rob Edwards praised Horvath’s impact on several occasions last season, but the Hatters did not exercise his purchase option from Nottingham Forest.

Horvath’s future remains unknown with the summer transfer window closed for plenty of Europe’s top leagues. His next possible appearance for Forest could come in January when the top-flight side enters the FA Cup.

Zack Steffen named to Manchester City’s roster

Zack Steffen was surprisingly added to Manchester City’s EPL roster for the first half of the season, the league announced Wednesday.

Steffen underwent a knee procedure following Middlesbrough’s exit from the EFL Championship playoffs last spring and hasn’t been in action since. The 28-year-old logged 42 combined appearances for Middlesbrough last season, which was the most appearances for him since he left the Columbus Crew in 2019.

He joins No. 1 keeper Ederson and Stefan Ortega in the City goalkeeping ranks, but remains sidelined due to his injury.

Ederson will likely remain the No. 1 option heading into the Citizens’ UEFA Champions League defense, which starts later this month.


  1. Horvath’s in a rough spot…he’s a guy who’d be near the top of MLS or the Championship, but he isn’t quite spectacular enough to be a Premier League goalkeeper. MLS won’t use a DP spot on a keeper unless the guy is an absolute legend, and in the Championship he’s going to be a guy who is good enough to see his team get promoted…only to be cut upon entry to the Prem.

    The guy is always going to have work, but I do think he might be a bit of a gypsy.


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