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Chicago Fire FC sign veteran goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth

Chicago Fire FC is the third MLS stop for the 32-year-old, who previously competed for the New England Revolution and Minnesota United FC

Veteran goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth’s three-month spell in free agency ended Thursday when he signed with Chicago Fire FC.

The 32-year-old joins Chicago on a contract that runs through the 2021 season, the club announced.

This is Shuttleworth’s third stop over a Major League Soccer career spanning 11 seasons. Shuttleworth played for the New England Revolution from 2009-16, then represented Minnesota United from 2017 until the end of last year, though he also spent part of 2019 on loan at Sacramento Republic FC in the USL Championship.

“Bobby is a true professional and a very experienced goalkeeper,” Chicago Fire FC head coach Raphael Wicky said in a prepared statement. “His experience and knowledge of MLS will be very valuable for our team. I look forward to working with him.”

Shuttleworth has made 185 regular-season appearances over the course of his MLS career and started for the Revolution in the 2014 MLS Cup final and 2016 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup final.

He is 16th on the league’s all-time saves list with 563, and his 41 career shutouts rank 22nd all-time and ninth among active goalkeepers.

Shuttleworth is now the fourth ‘keeper on Chicago’s roster, joining Connor Sparrow, homegrown product Gabriel Slonina, and Kenneth Kronholm, who started 20 games for the Fire last season.




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