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Clint Irwin returns to Colorado Rapids in trade with Toronto FC

Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin (1) reacts after a play during the second half against the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

The Colorado Rapids spent Friday stockpiling goalkeepers, announcing the acquisition of Clint Irwin in a trade with Toronto FC just after selecting Andre Rawls from New York City FC in Stage 1 of the MLS Re-Entry Draft.

The Rapids dealt a second round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft, which was originally acquired from FC Dallas in the Dominique Badji trade earlier this year, to Toronto FC.

“We are happy to welcome Clint Irwin back to Colorado,” Rapids general manager Pádraig Smith said in a statement. “He is a talented goalkeeper who knows this team and city well. I know our fans will be looking forward to seeing him back between the posts at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as much as we are.”

The 29-year-old Irwin spent his first three MLS seasons with Colorado after spells with lower division sides Carolina Dynamo, Capital City FC and the Charlotte Eagles. He started 87 regular season games for the Rapids before being traded to Toronto FC after the 2015 season.

Irwin started 19 regular games and made six postseason starts in his first year with TFC, but steadily saw less playing time after Alex Bono took over as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.

He’ll likely assume the same role for the Rapids with Tim Howard returning for the 2019 season.

“I’m very happy to return to the club where I began my MLS career, and look forward to being a big part of the clubs future,” Irwin said.

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