Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Ethan Horvath will be desperate to head to the World Cup with the USA at the end of 2022.
He isn’t currently the first choice for club or country but yesterday the nation’s number one goalkeeper was a hot top of discussion.
Zack Steffen is the man currently in possession of the USA gloves. Yesterday he was handed a rare starting berth for Manchester City.
The Citizens were beaten 3-2 by Liverpool in the semi-final of the FA Cup, with the Reds keeping their quadruple hopes alive.
Just before half-time, Steffen was caught napping. He tried to be fancy with the ball at his feet and in attempting to clear, he found Sadio Mane who slid in to take advantage.
Naturally, the mistake won’t have been welcomed by his national team manager who will have been watching on.
Horvath will talk the talk about wanting his compatriot to do well. He would, however, love to claim the gloves back before the World Cup.
Horvath recently got himself a taste of first-team football. Following a red card for Brice Samba against Stoke, the American kept goal for seven games.
Horvath faces big Forest conundrum in the summer
With Steffen unlikely to be considered the first choice at City any time soon, Horvath is facing a big decision.
He will sense that if he can head somewhere and play first-team football, the USA shirt is there for the taking.
Horvath will want to still make his mark at Forest. Ultimately at 26-years-old, he will want to be playing regularly.
If Cooper intends to stick with Samba for the foreseeable then Horvath has a serious conundrum to crack in his own mind.