Forced out of game against Orlando City last weekend, Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin will miss six weeks with a quadriceps strain.
The diagnosis was announced by TFC Tuesday. Irwin was injured in the 70th minute of a 3-2 loss. He was replaced by Alex Bono, who is the short-term replacement.
Irwin was traded Jan. 18 to TFC by Colorado, which a few days later announced the acquisition of U.S. international Tim Howard. An injury to then-starter Matt Pickens had opened the door for Irwin at the start of the 2013 season.
Pickens, the first-choice keeper during Colorado’s run to the MLS Cup title in 2010, suffered a broken forearm in a game against Real Salt Lake and Irwin took over the starting job. He played 104 games for Colorado and recorded 31 shutouts prior to being traded.
He missed some time early in the 2014 season with a bothersome leg injury but otherwise has been a consistent starter. He has started all but one of TFC’s league games this season and is tied for the league lead in shutouts with six.
TFC lost to Vancouver, 2-1, in the second leg of the Amway Canadian Championship on Wednesday but won the Canadian title thanks to the away-goal rule after the series was tied , 2-2.
Bono started for the Reds.