He’s been in training camp in Tampa, Fla. for a few days now, and Chicago Fire FC made it official today—signing goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth to a two-year contract.
“Bobby is a true professional and a very experienced goalkeeper,” Chicago Fire Head Coach Raphael Wicky said in a statement. “His experience and knowledge of MLS will be very valuable for our team. I look forward to working with him.”
Shuttleworth is 32, and he brings a lot of MLS experience to the team. He made 185 appearances for the New England Revolution and Minnesota United from 2009-2019, and spent last season with USL Championship side Sacramento Republic.
With New England, Shuttleworth was a player Fire fans loved to hate, leading the Revs to the 2014 MLS Cup final and the 2016 U.S. Open Cup final. During that stretch, he tallied 34 clean sheets. After that, he made 58 appearances in his three seasons in Minnesota, and 15 appearances (15 starts) for Sacramento last season.
This is the Fire’s second goalkeeper signing of the preseason. The club picked up Connor Sparrow back on January 20.
It means the Fire now have four goalkeepers under contract—Shuttleworth, Sparrow, last year’s starter Kenneth Kronholm, and teenager Gabriel Slonina.
Of this bunch, who do you think starts, who stays, and who goes? Let’s sort this out in the comments.