Chester, Pa. (January 25, 2011) – Philadelphia Union announced today that the club has waived goalkeeper Brad Knighton. The 25-year-old was originally acquired by the Union in the 2009 Major League Soccer Expansion Draft from the New England Revolution.
Raised in Hickory, NC, Knighton began his time with the Union as a backup goalkeeper, making his first MLS appearance under Manager Peter Nowak at FC Dallas on August 8, 2010. He played a total of 21 minutes before getting ejected on a straight red card.
On September 11, 2010, Knighton earned the starting goalkeeper job after posting a shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire. In his first year with Philadelphia, Knighton started eight games in goal, logging a total of 652 minutes and posting a 1.10 GAA. He also accounted for 180 scoreless minutes against international powerhouses Celtic FC, Manchester United and Chivas de Guadalajara, including the full 90 minutes against Chivas.