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Chicago Fire goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm out for season—Bobby Shuttleworth takes over as starter

Kronholm will undergo surgery this week for an ACL injury

Chicago Fire FC v San Jose Earthquakes - MLS Is Back Tournament
Kenneth Kronholm defends the goal against the San Jose Earthquakes at the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando
Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Chicago Fire starting goalkeeper Kenneth Kronholm is out for the remainder of the 2020 MLS season with a torn ACL, head coach Raphael Wicky confirmed on Saturday.

Kronholm suffered the injury in training several days ago. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday, Wicky said.

In Kronholm’s absence, Wicky said he will turn to longtime MLS veteran Bobby Shuttleworth, 33, in net. From 2009-2019, Shuttleworth made 185 league appearances—181 of those as a starter—for the New England Revolution and Minnesota United. He spent the end of last season at USL Championship side Sacramento Republic.

“Our hierarchy right now is quite clear,” Wicky told reporters. “Bobby (Shuttleworth) is our No. 1, Connor (Sparrow) is No. 2, and ‘Gaga’ (Gabriel Slonina) is No. 3, and I’m very happy with all three goalkeepers. I trust them fully, and then we go from there.”

The Fire visit Columbus Crew SC on Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m. CT (WGN & ESPN+). The team is scheduled to play its first match at Soldier Field on Tuesday, Aug. 25. (6:30 p.m. CT, WGN & ESPN+).