Atlanta United have bolstered their goalkeeping choices with the signing of Bobby Shuttleworth by way of free company.
The 5 Stripes have been looking out for an skilled stopper to backup Brad Guzan after Alec Kann departed for FC Cincinnati earlier within the winter.
Shuttleworth arrives at Mercedes-Benz Stadium with greater than a decade of MLS expertise beneath his belt and 227 regular-season matches performed to this point. The 34-year-old had spent the final couple of years with the Chicago Hearth however misplaced his No.1 spot to teenage sensation Gabriel Slonina on the finish of final season and did not renew his contract.
The veteran goalkeeper has signed a contract with Atlanta United by means of the 2022 season, with a membership choice for 2023.
“Bobby is a veteran goalkeeper with a few years of expertise in MLS and we’re happy so as to add him to our roster,” Atlanta United vice chairman and technical director Carlos Bocanegra stated in a press launch. “He brings expertise and competitors to our goalkeeping group.”
Shuttleworth is the most recent arrival in a busy offseason for Atlanta United, who’ve additionally signed fellow goalkeeper Dylan Castanheira and midfielder Osvaldo Alonso by way of free company. Additionally they picked up Erik Centeno, Tristan Trager, Daniel Bloyou, and Tola Showunmi within the current MLS SuperDraft. Proper-back Ronald Hernandez is anticipated to finish a everlasting transfer shortly.
Alongside Kann, the likes of Franco Escobar, Anton Walkes, and Mo Adams have left the membership. Atlanta United may also want to maneuver on a Designated Participant to permit for the singing of Argentine sensation Thiago Almada – Ezequiel Barco is presently linked with a transfer to Brazilian facet Internacional.
Gonzalo Pineda’s males open their 2022 marketing campaign at residence to Sporting Kansas Metropolis on February 27 earlier than travelling to the Colorado Rapids.