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Ethan Horvath overcomes unfortunate gaffe to win Club Brugge debut

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It was an eventful first match for the American.

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Many USMNT supporters have Ethan Horvath as their heir apparent to the national team’s starting goalkeeper job. The 21-year-old transferred to Belgian side Club Brugge in the winter but hasn’t played until Friday, when he made his debut. The good news is, Brugge beat Royal Chaleroi 3-1 and Horvath even appeared to assist on one of the goals.

However, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the American. His first goal conceded at the club is one that he won’t be able to let down for quite a while. Thinking a whistle had blown, Horvath set the ball down for a free kick. Instead, play was still going on and a striker for Charleroi took advantage of his mistake and scored the only goal of the game.

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It wasn’t a great look, but thankfully it didn’t affect the overall outcome of the match. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long and successful career for him in Belgian as he looks to establish himself as a consistent USMNT candidate after making his debut in 2016.