Goalkeeper Alec Dufty of AC St. Louis has joined the Chicago Fire on loan. The Fire needed a backup goalkeeper due to the eye injury to goalkeeper Sean Johnson, who suffered the injury in training this week. Johnson had been the Fire’s staring goalkeeper since August 1st. Andrew Dykstra, who started the first fourteen games of the 2010 season for the Fire, will be back between the posts for Friday’s match with the Columbus Crew.
Dufty, 23, played every minute in goal for the expansion AC St. Louis club during D2 league play. Besides those thirty games, Dufty also started all three of the team’s US Open Cup appearances, shutting out the PDL Des Moines Menace and NSC Minnesota Stars before allowing two goals in the last twenty minutes of the Saints’ USOC loss to the LA Galaxy. Dufty recorded seven clean sheets during the regular season, including shut outs of 2011 MLS clubs Portland and Vancouver, and CONCACAF Champion League club Puerto Rico.
Dufty had a outstanidng career at the University of Evansville. The 6’5″ keeper was drafted by the NY Red Bulls in 2009, and played in one MLS contest, subbing in at the 8th minute for starter Danny Cepero and completing a shutout of the Houston Dynamo. Dufty also spent time in 2009 as a backup for the Columbus Crew after being waived by the Red Bulls, although he did not see game action.