That’s right - as former editor John Rosch put it, the goalkeeper of our past is now the goalkeeper of our future. The Colorado Rapids acquired the 29-year-old keeper from Toronto FC in exchange for a 2nd round draft pick (39th overall) in the 2019 MLS Super Draft.
Irwin started his career with the ‘Pids in 2013, earning 91 saves and 10 clean sheets in 32 games in his rookie year. He started for Colorado for the 2014 and 2015 seasons and then was traded to Toronto. From 2016-2018, Irwin earned 16 clean sheets in 49 appearances and played in all of Toronto’s playoff matches in the 2016 MLS Cup tournament, that they ultimately lost to the Seattle Sounders.
In the press release, Irwin said: “I’m very happy to return to the club where I began my MLS career, and look forward to being a big part of the club’s future.”
I’m not gonna say we influenced the decision, but we did kind of call it:
My vote is to bring back Clint— Burgundy Wave (@Burgundywave) December 14, 2018
The other goalkeeper is Andre Rawls, who the club picked up in the re-entry draft this afternoon. The 26-year-old has spent the last three season at New York City FC and was initially drafted by the NY club in the 2015 MLS Super Draft.