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Former UNCW Standout Returns To MLS

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 01/17/2012
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Brad Knighton returns to the MLS with the Whitecaps following stints with New England and Philadelphia.
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Brad Knighton returns to the MLS with the Whitecaps following stints with New England and Philadelphia.

WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Former UNCW standout goalkeeper Brad Knighton has signed a contract with Major League Soccer expansion club Vancouver Whitecaps FC for the 2012 season the club announced on Tuesday.

"I'm delighted to be returning to MLS with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and continuing my career under head coach Martin Rennie," Knighton said. "I've heard many great things about the club and the city, and I look forward to helping Whitecaps FC have a successful 2012 season." 

Knighton returns to the United States' top tier in soccer after playing with the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League in 2011. He previously played with the Philadelphia Union in 2010, where he started eight matches and posted a 1.10 goals against average with two clean sheets for the expansion club.

Knighton will be making his third stop in MLS, having begun his career with the New England Revolution in 2007.

While with Carolina, Knighton started every match as the RailHawks captured the regular season crown with 54 points. Knighton finished third in the league with a 1.00 goals against average and tied for second with 125 saves. For his efforts, he was named to the NASL Best 11 Team by the league's coaches.

"Brad is a steady goalkeeper with strong communication and distribution skills, is excellent on crosses, and brings four years of MLS experience," said Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie. "Brad had a outstanding season last year with me in Carolina and now I look forward to seeing him provide healthy competition between the posts here in Vancouver."

Knighton rejoins Rennie, his manager in 2011 with the RailHawks.

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