Ethan Horvath becomes first Coloradan to make USMNT FIFA World Cup roster

The United States Men’s National Team will make its 10th appearance at a FIFA World Cup in less than two weeks’ time.

There has never been a representative from Colorado in the program’s previous nine team selections. Until Wednesday.

Ethan Horvath, a 27-year-old goalkeeper born and raised in Highlands Ranch, made the 26-man roster headed to play the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Horvath joined goalkeepers Matt Turner (Arsenal) and Sean Johnson (New York City FC) to round out the unit. He will head to Qatar as a backup, but, all that matters is that he will be on the plane. On Wednesday’s broadcast, he was the first name mentioned in the roster.

Horvath and Johnson were on the bubble, but got the nod over longtime No. 1 Zack Steffen, who was the surprise player to be left out of the group.

“Ethan has been competing at a good level in the Championship with Luton Town. Sean Johnson has been with us since Day 1,” USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter said.

Horvath has had a whirlwind of a career, but his recent form for Luton Town in the English Championship, the country’s second division, is what helped get him on the squad. He is currently on loan from Premier League side Nottingham Forest. So far for the Hatters, has kept eight shutouts this season, five of which have come since the start of October.

Horvath has earned eight caps with the USMNT and notably made a penalty kick save last year at the Nations League final versus Mexico at Empower Field at Mile High.

Shortly after graduating Arapahoe High, where he played two seasons of varsity soccer, the Real Colorado club soccer product backed his instincts that he was talented enough to play overseas and moved with his parents, Peter and Deana. He signed with Norwegian side Molde in 2013, where he stayed for four seasons. He then moved to Belgian side Club Brugge, where he competed in the UEFA Champions League in 2018.

He joined Nottingham Forest ahead of last season and played six times, including as a substitute in the EFL Championship playoff final and helped the team reach the Premier League for the first time since 1999, but was loaned to Luton Town ahead of the 2022 campaign.

Colorado Springs native Sam Vines was in contention for a left back spot, but broke his tibia last Friday. Former Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta was named as a defensive midfielder.

All-time, Horvath will be the fourth Colorado native to make a men’s or women’s FIFA World Cup, joining fellow Highlands Ranch native Mallory Pugh, Golden’s Lindsey Horan (2019) and April Heinrichs (1991) for the U.S. Women’s National Team.

U.S. National Team roster

Goalkeepers : Matt Turner, Sean Johnson, Horvath; Center backs: Cameron Carter-Vickers, Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman, Tim Ream;  Full backs: Sergiño Dest, Shaq Moore, Antonee Robinson, Joe Scally, Deandre Yedlin Defensive Midfielders: Tyler Adams, Kellyn Acosta;  Central Midfielders: Weston McKennie, Yunus Musah, Brenden Aaronson, Luca de la Torre, Cristian Roldan; Wingers: Christian Pulisic, Giovanni Reyna, Timothy Weah, Jordan Morris; Strikers: Jesús Ferreira, Josh Sargent, Haji Wright.

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