It wasn’t the best weekend for goalkeepers on the field in Major League Soccer, and one of the better netminders in the league also suffered an injury.
Toronto FC’s Clint Irwin has been ruled out 4-5 weeks with a hamstring strain he suffered chasing an attack in the penalty area on Friday in the Reds’ scoreless draw with Sporting Kansas City.
The good news for the Reds is the injury is less severe that most originally thought, but it will still keep the former Colorado Rapids man out for the rest of April and potentially some of May.
Alex Bono, who made 15 starts for Toronto in 2015, will take over the No. 1 goalkeeper position while Irwin is out. The 23-year-old recorded four clean sheets during his time in the starting role a year ago.
Shuttleworth to start for Minnesota
The recovery of Week 1 starter John Alvbage could’ve forced Bobby Shuttleworth back to the bench, but that won’t be the case, as Minnesota United boss Adrian Heath confirmed after Saturday’s win over Real Salt Lake that Shuttleworth would start against FC Dallas in Week 6.
The 29-year-old Shuttleworth has conceded 10 goals in four matches for the Loons, but most of the strikes conceded have come due to faults by the defenders. During that time, the former New England Revolution player has made five saves, including three against RSL on Saturday.
FC Dallas preps for CCL semi with friendly victory
FC Dallas was absent from the MLS slate in Week 5 for good reason. Oscar Pareja’s men are down in Mexico preparing for the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal against Club Pachuca.
The defending Supporters’ Shield and U.S. Open Cup champions won an abbreviated 60-minute friendly over the reserves of Club Puebla on Saturday. Maxi Urruti scored an early goal for FC Dallas, while Walker Hume found the back of the net in the final two minutes to hand the MLS side a 2-0 victory.