Bobby Shuttleworth has started all seven games this season for the New England Revolution, allowing nine goals in those contests.
His backup, Brad Knighton, is both his friend and competitor, having been No. 2 behind Matt Reis in his first stint with New England, when Shuttleworth was the third keeper.
"It's a good competition. At the end of the day, this is professional soccer. There's going to be competition for your spots and places, and everybody wants to play," Shuttleworth said. "You wouldn't expect anything else and it's just going to make the team better."
Shuttleworth had stops in Philadelphia and Vancouver before returning to the Revolution this offseason.
"Two good goalkeepers fighting for the No. 1 spot, and I don't feel like there's a No. 1 and a No. 2. I feel like we have two capable No. 1s and it's just a matter of waiting for your time to be called and [making] the most of the opportunities."
Shuttleworth was the starting goalkeeper for the Revs last year before the job was won by Matt Reis in what turned out to be his final season.