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2018 Dossiers: David Horst

Don’t let the youth movement in Utah fool you, RSL still has experience on the books too.

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David Horst was one of those signings that, being fair, didn’t really make the headlines. Seen as a reliable player to provide depth for Glad and Maund, expectations weren’t really on Horst to play many games.

However, Horst found himself in the starting line up for his first game during his second stint in Claret and Cobalt. After two starts, Horst fell victim to the injury bug we picked up but all signs pointed toward Horst retaining his first team status until Glad came back.

From August onwards, Horst found himself starting or coming off the bench and providing solidarity while Real Salt Lake made a push for playoff glory. His contributions to the team extended beyond the on-field minutes too, co-creating the very successful ‘The Horse, The Lion & The Bear’ podcast.

What to know

Drafted 14th in the 2008 Superdraft by Real Salt Lake, David Horst is best known for his time in Houston, putting up 89 games with the Dynamo after arriving from Portland. The passionate defender has won an almost cult popularity with MLS fans for his never say die attitude to the game and the fire he brings to every performance. After a knee operation last season, Horst showed he can still start and will be looking to make the most of any minutes he can get.

What to expect in 2018

Horst won’t be a starter but he will be in the depth chart, it’s down to him and and Shawn Barry to prove who should be holding onto that bench position. With no international games for Glad to be dragged away from the first team, chances will be slim for anybody in the back up, which means impressing early is key. I don’t think the die is cast for the Glad/Silva pairing just yet I would expect Horst to push into that first team at some point and be given a chance to prove he should be a starter.

What to hope for

Horst stays healthy, hungry and steps in if there is a dip in form or injury. If he doesn’t, I’d hope he would use his veteran expertise to help Glad, Hererra and Acosta to grow as players.