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Molde keeper Ethan Horvath makes senior U.S. national team debut

First national team appearance.

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Ethan Horvath earned the start at goalkeeper for the United States senior men's national team in its friendly against Cuba.

The 21-year old Colorado native plays for Molde in the Norwegian Tippeligaen, on a contract that runs through 2018. He was included in the 23-man Gold Cup roster in the third spot behind Brad Guzan and Tim Howard. Horvath also spent time with the U-20 and U-23 national teams, playing in the 2016 CONCACAF-CONMEBOL Olympic qualifying playoff.

Last season, he led Molde to a first place finish in Group A before losing to eventual champions Sevilla in the round of 32.

In April, USMNT head coach and technical director described Horvath as "one of the biggest hopes for the future" at goalkeeper. Bill Reno of Everybody Soccer described him as having strong technique, mechanics, and poise, but slightly lacking in athleticism.

With recent inclusion in rosters and a start against Cuba, it appears that Horvath has moved into full possession of the No. 3 goalkeeper spot, leapfrogging veteran Nick Rimando and D.C. United's Bill Hamid.

Following the match versus Cuba, the USMNT travels to Washington, D.C. to play New Zealand on Tuesday.