Between the Lines: Shuttleworth on stopping PKs

Between the Lines: Shuttleworth on stopping PKs
May 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Bobby Shuttleworth is putting together one of the best goaltending campaigns in all of MLS.

On April 19, with the Revs deadlocked in a 1-1 tie, the Chicago Fire drew a penalty kick.

Shuttleworth came up huge, making the save to preserve the draw.

Dalen Cuff visits the Revs netminder for a lesson in how to stop penalty kicks.

There is perhaps nothing more lonely in all of sports than to be a goalie facing a penalty kick. 

All alone. Your teammates and fan base watching you attempt to protect 24' x 8' of empty netting.

So how does he do it?

"Before the game we always get a list of players that take the penalties for their team," says Shuttleworth. 'Where they’ve shot the ball, where they’ve scored. You kind of have an idea of where players are wanting to go most of the time."

Like most other situations, a penalty kick situation is a mix of luck, preparation, analysis and mind games. 

"I’m trying to get him to put down the ball before I’m on the line," says Shuttleworth. "A little bit of [a] head game going on." 

Shuttleworth has come up big for the Revs, but when Dalen gets his chance to stop a Lee Nguyen penalty kick... well, it's not pretty.

See for yourself.