American shot-stopper Ethan Horvath has finally moved out of the shadow of former Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet as he signed on the dotted line to join English Championship side, Nottingham Forest, from Belgian champions Club Brugge. 

The 26-year-old left Belgium on a free transfer, having seen out his contract, and has signed a three-year contract with the former European Cup champions.

The Colorado native spent four years in Belgium where he had mixed fortunes between the sticks.  He appeared in both the Champions League and Europa League games during his four years in Brugge, making 51 appearances for Club where he also earned three Pro League championship medals.  When the team signed Belgian international Mignolet at the start of the 2019-2020 season, the American rarely got into another game.

Horvath was named to the U.S. men’s national team this summer for the 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Final and was between the sticks as they beat Mexico in the final, where he saved a penalty and was named man of the match.

His move to Forest sees him ply his trade in his third country, having played for Molde in Norway before his Belgian adventure. 

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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