Leeds United youngster Charlie Horton set for rare start on international duty

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The goalkeeper looks set to benefit for the USA Under-23 side.

Leeds United have plenty of talented young players in their squad at the moment with the likes of Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt all impressing.

Their third-choice keeper isn’t bad either.

Charlie Horton arrived at the club this summer from Cardiff City. He followed his former goalkeeper coach Richard Hartis in swapping The Bluebirds for The Whites but, as expected, he has not yet made an impression on the first-team at Elland Road.

At the moment he is in fact away on international duty with the USA Under-23 side.

Horton was called up to the USA under-23 side for the 2015 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship matches for next month.

The US are in the same group as Cuba, Canada and Panama in the competition. Two places at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are up for grabs, with Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Haiti all attempting to stop the USA from making it to Brazil.

Now he looks set to start the games after recent developments. Southampton goalie Cody Cropper is out until the new year injured and current number one Ethan Horvath will not join up with the club just yet, as he is on European duty as Molde’s current number one keeper.

Instead Horton will go head-to-head with Zack Steffen of SC Freiburg for a place in the roster a battle he will certainly hope to win and play his first game for the USA under-23 side.

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