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Nichols, UB alumnus Shuttleworth traded to MLS expansion team

After eight years with the New England Revolution, Buffalo native Bobby Shuttleworth has a new Major League Soccer home.

The Revs announced a trade Wednesday evening that sent Shuttleworth to Minnesota United FC in exchange for Femi Hollinger-Janzen, a 23-year-old forward.

Shuttleworth, who started 111 matches for New England over the last four years - including six playoff games, heads to an expansion side where 34-year-old Swedish import John Alvbage was the presumed starter.

The Loons also drafted Alec Ferrell, one of college soccer's top goalkeeping prospects, with the first pick of the second round last month. It's uncertain whether Shuttleworth will start between the pipes for his new club.

[RELATED: Feature on Bobby Shuttleworth's surge to MLS Cup in 2014]

2016 wasn't kind to Shuttleworth, the University at Buffalo and Nichols School alumnus. He started just 20 matches - his fewest since 2012 - and lost his hold of the starting job to Brad Knighton, who began the year as the No. 2. Shuttleworth's 1.90 goals against average last year was the worst of any keeper with more than 10 starts, a far cry from the 1.25 mark of 2014.

With U.S. youth international Cody Cropper coming up through the Revs' pipeline, Shuttleworth seemed expendable, noted New England blog The Bent Musket.

Minnesota United's inaugural MLS match comes March 3 versus the Portland Timbers.

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who'd like a pet loon, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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