Real Salt Lake’s newest player, Alex Horwath, presents an interesting alternative to the established pecking order for goalkeepers at the club.
Horwath certainly looks like a Nick Rimando backup, but as a 30-year-old goalkeeper, he may just be entering the prime of his career.
What to know
Despite playing in Europe the last several years, Horwath came from the D.C. United academy, played intermittently with MLS teams, landing last with New York Red Bulls, moved to USL, then landed a switch to Europe, where he played with Swedish side Ljungskile SK and Norwegian side SK Brann.
What to expect in 2018
Given Nick Rimando is more or less out of the national team picture, we don’t expect he’ll be gone with the same regularity, so that would make Horwath a true backup. It makes me wonder, though: Is Horwath a long-term replacement option, or is he simply here to play a backup role for a couple years before moving on?
What to hope for
The best case scenario for Horwath — and for RSL — is that he’ll get 5 to 10 matches as a starter in a rotational strategy, leading to an opportunity to perform well. If he does, that could mean big things for 2019 — but let’s not put that particular cart before this particular horse.