When Bobby Shuttleworth signed with the Revolution in 2009, he served as an insurance policy for Matt Reis, the winningest goalkeeper in club history. Eight years later, Shuttleworth owns 46 career wins and 344 career saves, cementing his place as one of the top netminders to ever wear navy and red.
Ahead of Shuttleworth’s ninth MLS season, the Revolution dealt him to Minnesota United for forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen, whom the club drafted in the third round of the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. While Shuttleworth can no longer pad his Revolution statsheet, the memories he created—and the saves he delivered—will live on.
We went into the archives to celebrate Shuttleworth’s legacy, gathering five saves that define his Revolution tenure.
“One save, two save, red save, blue save”
April 30, 2011 vs. Chivas USA
Following a deep cross into the center of the box, Shuttleworth positioned himself well to redirect a one-time shot from Alejandro Moreno. But after making the save, Bobby’s work still wasn’t done. The rebound fell to Jorge Flores, who tried to beat Shuttleworth as the keeper ranged to his right. Bobby closed down the angle and made a second save with his feet, denying a golden goal-scoring opportunity for the Goats.
Shuttleworth’s stop made no difference in the final result, as the Revolution lost 3-1. But the save served as one of many reminders that Bobby never quit on his back line.
“Putting out the Fire”
April 19, 2014 vs. Chicago Fire
In Chicago, in injury time, in a tie match, Juan Luis Anangono stepped up to the penalty spot to deliver a game-winning goal for the Fire. He failed to steer his shot past Shuttleworth, however, who spilled the rebound in front of goal. Jeff Larentowicz chased down the loose ball, but Bobby came up big again, denying his toe poke attempt.
The stop helped the Revolution preserve a point—and displayed Bobby’s toughness in the toughest moments.
“Superman in a baby blue cape”
November 29, 2014 vs. New York Red Bulls
After beating the Red Bulls in leg one of the Eastern Conference Finals, Shuttleworth entered leg two on a mission. Throughout the match, he commanded his 18-yard box with poise, consistently stifling Thierry Henry and the high-flying New York attack.
No play symbolized Bobby’s grit more than his outstretched punch of a daunting Henry cross. The Frenchman spun a well-placed ball into the box in search of an open Tim Cahill, though Bobby never flinched. The keeper stormed off his line, executed a perfectly-timed dive and ended the threat with a strong punch.
The Revolution went on to draw the match, 2-2, and move on to the MLS Cup Final on a 3-2 aggregate win.
“Bobby’s got the power”
April 7, 2015 vs. Colorado Rapids
After taking a strong first touch into the box, Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers found himself alone at the penalty spot. His left-footed shot—which would have leveled the match just before the break—looked destined for the back of the net. But Bobby had other plans, using a quick reaction from his left mitt to redirect the shot over the crossbar.
Originally thinking he had beat Shuttleworth, Powers fell the ground in disbelief. The Revolution went on to win, 2-0.
“Double save deja vu”
July 11, 2015 vs. New York Red Bulls
Already with a 4-1 lead over the Revolution, the Red Bulls sent Sal Zizzo to the penalty spot in the hopes of adding a fifth goal. Shuttleworth refused to give in, making a big-time stop to his right on the spot kick. Unfortunately, Bobby directed the rebound back in front of goal, which gave Zizzo a prime opportunity to make good on his missed attempt. Bobby stood in the way once again, ranging low and to his left to deny the second effort.
While the rest of the match was forgettable for the visiting Revs, Bobby found a way to leave his mark.
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The Bent Musket wishes Bobby a productive career in Minnesota and beyond.