New England’s Shuttleworth feels for Burpo after breaking leg

New England Revolution back-up keeper Bobby Shuttleworth says he really feels for Preston Burpo after the gloveman sustained a broken leg on Saturday in the 3-2 win over New York Red Bull.

New England Revolution back-up keeper Bobby Shuttleworth says he really feels for Preston Burpo after the gloveman sustained a broken leg on Saturday in the 3-2 win over New York Red Bull.

Burpo suffered the injury in a collision with Dane Richards and although it has given Shuttleworth a chance to take the number one spot, he admits he feels poorly for his fellow custodian.

“Obviously, you never want something like that to happen,’’ said Shuttleworth. “We all feel terrible for Preston, but you’ve got to be ready to go, no matter what.

“Going in, I was a bit nervous at first. Getting that first touch on the ball and getting that first save kind of releases that.’’

Shuttleworth added that he didn’t think the Richards challenge was all that bad and certainly didn’t expect Burpo to come away with such a serious injury.

“I had a pretty good look at it at first, but I didn’t realize what happened at first,’’ Shuttleworth added. “I thought he made a nice play on the ball, actually, then I could see him calling right away and then I realized it was something pretty bad.

“You never think about what’s going to happen if you go in on a tackle. He went in and went for the ball, I thought it was a good play, but you never think about what’s going to happen when you go in for a tackle.”

Shuttleworth took the gloves for the Revs following Burpo’s injury and will make his first MLS start when New England take on the Seattle Sounders on Saturday.

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