Due to goalkeeper Brad Knighton’s suspension from a red card received during Sunday's match against FC Dallas, former New York Red Bulls and current Harrisburg City Islanders 'keeper Danny Cepero will serve as the Union's backup against Real Salt Lake Wednesday. The City Islanders are the exclusive USL-2 affiliate club of the Union.
Cepero, a 6-2, 190-pound netminder who was selected by New York with the 46th overall pick (4th round) of the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft, was signed by the City Islanders for the 2010 season after previously being loaned to the club from New York. Upon completion of his initial loan to Harrisburg in 2008, during which he went 6-3-9 with six shutouts and a 1.00 goals against average, Cepero returned to New York and in his first start became the first keeper in MLS history to score a goal from open play. He proceeded to help lead the Red Bulls to the 2008 MLS Cup final, where they fell to the Columbus Crew. He went 2-8-3 with a 1.74 GAA for the Red Bulls in 2008.
In 2006, the native of Baldwin, NY, captained the University of Pennsylvania to a 9-4-2 record, recording eight shutouts and a 0.76 goals against average. He was a unanimous All-Ivy League First Team pick, as well as an NSCAA third-team All-Northeast Regional selection, the first time a Penn keeper had earned that honor. He left as the school’s all-time leader with 23 shutouts.
Knighton will be back with Philadelphia for Saturday's match against Colorado.