Brad Knighton

Brad Knighton
18
Goalkeeper
  • 6' 2"
  • 200 lbs.
  • 02-06-1985
  • Hickory, North Carolina

PROFILE
A goalkeeper with experience of Major League Soccer and North America’s lower divisions, Brad Knighton joined Whitecaps FC on Jan. 17, 2012, after spending the 2011 season with North American Soccer League side Carolina RailHawks. A former New England Revolution and Philadelphia Union shot-stopper, Knighton became the first player from the University of North Carolina Wilmington to sign with MLS when he joined the league back in 2007. Knighton inherited the starting goalkeeper position from Joe Cannon in the 11th game of the 2013 season, he has been in tremendous form since. He was the MLS' Player of the Week award in Week 19, for his tremendous performance in backstopping Whitecaps FC to a 2-0 win over Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounders; he also notched his first career MLS assist in that game, on Darren Mattocks' goal. 

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
2013: The American has had an impresive season since taking over as the first choice goalkeeper of Whitecaps FC in the 11th game of the season. Knighton has earned two clean sheets thus far in wins over D.C. United (1-0) and Seattle Sounders (2-0). In the monumental victory over the Sounders on July 6, he recorded the first assist of his  MLS career on Darren Mattocks' goal. 2012: Knighton made his Whitecaps FC competitive debut when he replaced an injured Joe Cannon late in the first half of Vancouver’s 1-0 away win over Chivas USA on Mar. 17. He helped the ‘Caps earn a clean sheet and their first-ever away win in MLS, as a result. Knighton earned his first Whitecaps FC start in the first leg of their Amway Canadian Championship semifinal, as Vancouver won 2-0 at North American Soccer League side FC Edmonton on May 2. His first MLS start for Whitecaps FC came in a 2-1 home win over Real Salt Lake on Aug. 11. Knighton then started Whitecaps FC’s first-ever match in the MLS Cup Playoffs on Nov. 1, as Vancouver fell 2-1 at defending champions LA Galaxy. 2011: After being part of Philadelphia Union’s inaugural MLS squad, Knighton was waived by the Pennsylvania-based outfit on Jan. 25. 2010: As a member of the Union, the goalkeeper made his Philadelphia debut in a 3-1 defeat at FC Dallas on Aug. 8. On Sept. 11, Knighton’s second start for Philadelphia resulted in his - and the Union’s - first clean sheet in MLS following a 1-0 home win over Chicago Fire. Knighton made eight starts in goal for that season, posting a 1.10 goals-against average. He also claimed for 180 scoreless minutes in friendlies versus Scottish giants Celtic FC, English Premier League side Manchester United FC, and Mexico’s Club Deportivo (Chivas) Guadalajara. 2009: In his third season with New England Revolution, Knighton made his MLS debut in a 1-1 draw at New York Red Bulls on Mar. 28. He went on to make six starts for the Massachusetts outfit, recording a 2.33 goals-against average. His first career MLS victory came on Apr. 4, as Knighton made nine saves in a 2-1 home win over FC Dallas. He also appeared in New England’s Lamar Hunt US Open Cup third-round defeat to United Soccer Leagues Second Division club Harrisburg City Islanders, as the Revolution fell 2-1 at home after extra time on June 30. On Nov. 25, Knighton was selected third overall by Philadelphia in the 2009 MLS Expansion Draft. 2007: As an undrafted free agent, Knighton signed an MLS developmental contract with New England on Feb. 26 following a successful preseason trial with the Revolution. During the preseason, he started in New England’s 3-1 friendly win over Honduran outfit Club Deportivo Olimpia in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Mar. 25.

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RESERVE LEAGUE
2012: The goalkeeper made his debut for Whitecaps FC reserves, as they drew 1-1 at home to Seattle Sounders FC reserves on Mar. 26. 2008: Knighton earned one shutout and a 1.14 goals-against average after making four starts in his second season with New England Revolution reserves, as they finished 13th in the MLS Reserve League standings with a 2W-6L-2D record. 2007: He started four of his six appearances with New England’s reserves squad, registering a goals-against average of 1.40. He posted a clean sheet after making six saves versus Houston Dynamo reserves on July 22. The Revolution second string finished third in the MLS Reserve League standings with a 6W-4L-2D record that season.

NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE
2011: After four seasons in MLS, Knighton played a year in the second-tier North American Soccer League (NASL) when he joined current Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie at Carolina RailHawks. His efforts earned him a spot on the NASL Best XI, while he was a runner-up for the league’s Golden Glove award after registering eight clean sheets and a goals-against average of 0.94 in 28 regular-season appearances for Carolina. The goalkeeper played every minute for the North Carolina-based outfit that season, as the RailHawks claimed the NASL regular season title before falling in the playoff semifinals to eventual NASL champions NSC Minnesota Stars (now Minnesota Stars FC) on Oct. 8 and 15. Minnesota won the semifinal series in a penalty shootout after a 4-4 aggregate draw.

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES FIRST DIVISION
2008: In his second season with New England, Knighton joined United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) side Portland Timbers on loan on July 2. He played every minute of his eight appearances for the Pacific Northwest outfit, recording two shutouts and posting a goals-against average of 1.25. A stand-out performance in a goalless home draw versus future club Carolina on July 24 earned Knighton a spot in the USL-1 Team of the Week for Week 15. A month later, the keeper was recalled by parent club New England after Revolution number one Matt Reis suffered a right adductor strain.

UNITED SOCCER LEAGUES PREMIER DEVELOPMENT LEAGUE
2006: Knighton made 11 appearances and registered a goals-against average of 1.78 during his lone season with Indiana Invaders, as they finished third in the Great Lakes Division of the PDL’s Central Conference.

SPANISH TERCERA DIVISION
2006-07: As a college senior, the goalkeeper travelled to Valencia, Spain, to train with Burjassot Club de Fútbol, who play in the Spanish fourth-tier Tercera División.

ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE
2005-06: Prior to his junior year in college, Knighton spent three weeks training with then English Premier League side Middlesbrough FC.

COLLEGE
Knighton enjoyed a distinguished NCAA Division I career as a four-year starter with University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), becoming the first Seahawks player to sign a contract with MLS after starting all but four matches for the school between 2003 and 2006. During his time with UNCW, the goalkeeper helped the Seahawks make four consecutive trips to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship Tournament. Knighton is UNCW’s all-time leader in career shutouts with 24, while he ranks second all-time with a goals-against average of 1.08, and in total appearances with 75. He also set a Seahawks record for a single-season goals-against average (0.83) during his senior year, while posting six clean sheets. As a senior, the goalkeeper was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region Second Team and to the All-CAA First Team.

HIGH SCHOOL/AMATEUR
Knighton played his entire youth career with Richmond Strikers Soccer Club in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. His efforts earned him an invite to US Youth Soccer’s Olympic Development Program. As a senior at Mills E. Godwin High School in Richmond, Virginia, he led the Eagles to an undefeated record of 22W-0L, as Godwin claimed the 2003 Virginia state high school championship title. He earned All-State, All-Region, All-District, and All-Metro honours with the Eagles, while as a junior at Godwin, Knighton trained with MLS club D.C. United.

PERSONAL
Born in Hickory, North Carolina, Knighton was raised in the Virginia state capital of Richmond. As a student at UNCW, the goalkeeper majored in exercise science. A family man, Knighton is married to wife Britney and father to young daughter Olivia.

INTERESTING FACTS
Knighton once told UNCW student newspaper ‘The Seahawk’ - “I love clothes shopping and I shave my legs after a loss. I’ll let them grow again until our next loss. Most of the team thinks it’s weird, but I like to do it.”

 

Career Statistics (Regular Season)

Year Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
2014 New England Revolution 2 2 180 0 6 6 1 1 1 1 0
2013 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 11 11 990 2 35 15 2 2 6 3 2
2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10 8 782 3 27 7 0 1 3 3 3
2010 Philadelphia Union 8 8 652 2 23 8 0 0 3 3 1
2009 New England Revolution 6 6 540 0 36 14 0 0 1 2 3
2008 New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2007 New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Totals 37 35 3144 7 127 50 3 4 14 12 9

2014 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season New England Revolution 2 2 180 0 6 6 1 1 1 1 0

2013 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Vancouver Whitecaps FC 11 11 990 2 35 15 2 2 6 3 2

2012 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10 8 782 3 27 7 0 1 3 3 3
MLS Playoffs Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 1 90 0 5 2 1 1 0 1 0

2010 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season Philadelphia Union 8 8 652 2 23 8 0 0 3 3 1

2009 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season New England Revolution 6 6 540 0 36 14 0 0 1 2 3
MLS Playoffs New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2008 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLS Playoffs New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2007 Season Statistics

Competition Club GP GS MIN SHT SV GA PKG PKA W L T
MLS Regular Season New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
MLS Playoffs New England Revolution 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves

Regular Season Game Log

Date Match Result Appearance MINS GF GA SOG SV PKA PKG PKS
7/4/2014 NE @ RSL L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/28/2014 PHI @ NE L 3-1 Started 90 0 3 5 2 0 0 0
6/8/2014 NY @ NE L 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/31/2014 NE @ MTL L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/24/2014 DC @ NE W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/17/2014 NE @ PHI W 5-3 Started 90 0 3 7 4 1 1 0
5/11/2014 SEA @ NE W 0-5 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/3/2014 NE @ TOR W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/26/2014 KC @ NE W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/19/2014 NE @ CHI T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/12/2014 HOU @ NE W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/5/2014 NE @ DC L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/29/2014 NE @ SJ W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/22/2014 VAN @ NE T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/15/2014 NE @ PHI L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/8/2014 NE @ HOU L 0-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/27/2013 COL @ VAN W 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/19/2013 VAN @ COL L 2-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/9/2013 VAN @ SEA W 4-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/6/2013 POR @ VAN T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/28/2013 RSL @ VAN L 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/21/2013 VAN @ MTL W 3-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/14/2013 VAN @ SJ T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/7/2013 VAN @ DAL L 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/1/2013 CHV @ VAN T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/24/2013 LA @ VAN L 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/17/2013 VAN @ COL L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/10/2013 SJ @ VAN W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/3/2013 VAN @ POR T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/27/2013 PHI @ VAN L 1-0 Started 90 0 1 5 4 0 0 0
7/20/2013 VAN @ LA L 1-2 Started 90 0 2 6 3 0 0 0
7/14/2013 CHI @ VAN W 1-3 Started 90 0 1 5 4 0 0 0
7/6/2013 SEA @ VAN W 0-2 Started 90 0 0 7 7 0 0 0
7/3/2013 VAN @ KC T 1-1 Started 90 0 1 3 2 0 0 0
6/29/2013 VAN @ DC W 1-0 Started 90 0 0 4 4 0 0 0
6/19/2013 CHV @ VAN W 1-3 Started 90 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
6/15/2013 NE @ VAN W 3-4 Started 90 0 3 5 2 0 0 0
6/8/2013 VAN @ SEA L 2-3 Started 90 0 3 5 2 1 1 0
6/1/2013 VAN @ NY W 2-1 Started 90 0 1 5 5 0 0 0
5/18/2013 POR @ VAN T 2-2 Started 90 0 2 4 2 1 1 0
5/11/2013 LA @ VAN W 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/4/2013 VAN @ RSL L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/27/2013 DAL @ VAN T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/20/2013 VAN @ DAL L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/13/2013 RSL @ VAN T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/6/2013 VAN @ SJ T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/30/2013 VAN @ CHV L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/23/2013 VAN @ HOU L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/9/2013 CLB @ VAN W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/2/2013 TOR @ VAN W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/27/2012 VAN @ RSL T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 3 3 0 0 0
10/21/2012 POR @ VAN L 1-0 Started 90 0 1 3 2 0 0 0
10/3/2012 CHV @ VAN W 0-4 Started 90 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9/29/2012 SEA @ VAN T 0-0 Started 90 0 0 4 3 0 0 0
9/23/2012 COL @ VAN T 2-2 Started 90 0 2 6 4 0 0 0
9/15/2012 VAN @ DAL L 0-1 Started 90 0 1 3 2 1 0 1
9/1/2012 VAN @ LA L 0-2 Started 90 0 2 9 6 0 0 0
8/25/2012 VAN @ POR L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/18/2012 VAN @ SEA L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/15/2012 DAL @ VAN L 2-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/11/2012 RSL @ VAN W 1-2 Started 90 0 1 6 5 0 0 0
7/27/2012 VAN @ RSL L 1-2 Subbed On 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/22/2012 SJ @ VAN W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/18/2012 LA @ VAN T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/14/2012 VAN @ CHI L 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/11/2012 VAN @ TOR L 2-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/7/2012 VAN @ CHV T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/4/2012 VAN @ COL W 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/23/2012 VAN @ LA L 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/20/2012 NY @ VAN T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/16/2012 COL @ VAN W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/10/2012 HOU @ VAN W 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/26/2012 VAN @ POR T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/19/2012 SEA @ VAN T 2-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/12/2012 VAN @ NE L 1-4 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/5/2012 SJ @ VAN W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/28/2012 VAN @ CLB W 1-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/21/2012 DAL @ VAN W 0-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/18/2012 KC @ VAN L 3-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/7/2012 VAN @ SJ L 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/31/2012 VAN @ PHI T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/24/2012 DC @ VAN T 0-0 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/17/2012 VAN @ CHV W 1-0 Subbed On 49 1 0 2 2 0 0 0
3/10/2012 MTL @ VAN W 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/24/2010 PHI @ CLB L 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10/16/2010 NY @ PHI W 1-2 Started 90 0 1 3 1 0 0 0
10/7/2010 LA @ PHI L 1-0 Started 90 0 1 3 2 0 0 0
10/2/2010 HOU @ PHI T 1-1 Started 90 0 1 6 4 0 0 0
9/29/2010 PHI @ COL L 1-4 Started 90 0 4 9 5 0 0 0
9/25/2010 CHV @ PHI W 0-3 Started 90 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
9/15/2010 PHI @ SJ L 0-1 Started 90 0 1 6 5 0 0 0
9/11/2010 CHI @ PHI W 0-1 Started 90 0 0 4 4 0 0 0
9/4/2010 KC @ PHI T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/28/2010 PHI @ NE W 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/22/2010 PHI @ DC L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/14/2010 COL @ PHI T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/11/2010 RSL @ PHI T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/8/2010 PHI @ DAL L 1-3 Started 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8/5/2010 CLB @ PHI L 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/31/2010 NE @ PHI T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/17/2010 TOR @ PHI W 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/10/2010 SJ @ PHI L 2-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7/3/2010 PHI @ CHV T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/27/2010 SEA @ PHI W 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/10/2010 PHI @ KC L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6/5/2010 PHI @ CHI L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/29/2010 PHI @ HOU W 3-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/15/2010 DAL @ PHI T 1-1 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/8/2010 PHI @ RSL L 0-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5/1/2010 PHI @ LA L 1-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/24/2010 PHI @ NY L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/15/2010 PHI @ TOR L 1-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/10/2010 DC @ PHI W 2-3 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3/25/2010 PHI @ SEA L 0-2 Unused Sub 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
GP: Games Played, GS: Games Started, G: Goals, MIN: Minutes Played, A: Assists, SHT: Shots, SOG: Shots on Goal, FC: Fouls Committed, FS: Fouls Suffered, OFF: Offsides, Y: Yellow Cards, R: Red Cards, GF: Goals For, GA: Goals Against, SO: Shutouts, SV: Saves, CK: Corner Kicks, PKA: Penalty Kick Attempts, PKG: Penalty Kick Goals, PKS: Penalty Kick Saves