Ethan Horvath (Club Brugge): “If we place, I am counting on a world cup selection’

Ethan Horvath did this season, a move to conquer at Club Brugge. The American goalie has a single international match behind his name, but do a remarkable thing: against Cuba, in Havana.

Ethan Horvath © BELGA

First, there must be a misunderstanding of the world: he does not have the dual American-Hungarian nationality, such as his surname and the internet have you believe. Horvath: “The parents of my dad are from Vienna, Austria.’

Are sportachtergrond is huge. “Our whole family is in the football. My father has in the secondary more than 25 years of boys and girls are coached and was previously a professional footballer, even before the period of the MLS. My mother played also, like the brother of my father and his two sons.’

“I see myself as an offensive goalkeeper,” says Horvath Sports/Voetbalmagazine. “If there is a would have landed, I want to best intervene, but too adventurous, you will never see me do. I have a lot of confidence in my abilities to make saves. Play it safe and try to make the correct decision, that is the job of the goalkeeper. Sometimes fails, but that it happens to the best. I’m only 22, as a goalkeeper, you’re still a baby. Matt Ryan came at the same age as I am, I think.’

Historic international match

Ethan Horvath has a single international match after his name. But a remarkable, against Cuba in Havana. Horvath: ‘Debut for a national team is something, but it’s also in the first international match ever between these two countries, in the strongest possible squad, for the first time in Cuba directly on tv… more historic can be difficult. My ma and pa have the shirt that I have that day carried in a frame stopped and it now hangs at home against the wall. It was super hot in Havana, many we have of the city is not seen, unless from behind a window. And it was like in the movie: old buildings, old cars, very friendly people. All respect for Jürgen Klinsmann that he gave me that chance. Unfortunately for me, he is replaced and his successor Bruce Arena more confidence in players from the MLS and in older boys, because he better knows. Arena you can not criticize, that is his philosophy. But I’m confident, if we places, that I the selection for the world cup get.’

In that area look forward to October and the next camp. Horvath: ‘Our World Cup Final is the next qualifier, at home against Panama. They are one point for us, and we are equal with Honduras. We dream of Russia. That match against Panama, which is our yes or no.’

“My parents deserve something I terugdoe’

Read the full interview with Ethan Horvath in our +zone, or in Sport/Voetbalmagazine of Wednesday 13 september.

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