Humiliating Goalkeeping Blunder Costs USMNT Win Over European Champs Portugal (VIDEO)
There was nothing at stake for the USMNT in Tuesday night’s international friendly against Portugal, except maybe a little bit of self-respect.
Unfortunately, any chance of regaining some self-respect went right out the window in the 30th minute when American goalkeeper Ethan Horvath made the biggest blunder of his young career.
With the USA eliminated from the 2018 World Cup and Portugal not even bothering to bring it’s top players, interim USMNT manager Dave Sarachan decided to go with a young, inexperienced roster. That meant Horvath, 22, would get his second ever start in goal.
Horvath is widely regarded as one of the USMNT’s top goalie prospect. However, in the 30th minute, Portugal’s Vitorino Antunes fired a relatively harmless cross into the box that somehow squeeze right underneath Horvath and into the goal.
Take a look:
You have to feel for the kid. For a moment it looked like he was going to cry.
The worst part? Horvath’s gaffe erased a 1-0 lead the USMNT had taken just 10 minutes earlier on a goal from 19-year-old up-and-comer Weston McKinnie:
It’s unlikely that one goal will ruin Horvath’s reputation in international soccer. Hopefully he doesn’t let it get in his head.
Hat Tip – [FTW]