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Revolution Re-Sign Backup Goalkeeper Brad Knighton

The journeyman stopper compiled a 3-2-0 record in the five matches he started across all competitions.

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Brad Knighton will be back in New England Revolution blue next season, as the club announced today that they have re-signed the keeper. Per team and league policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The news comes hot on the heels of reports indicating that A.J. Soares has earned a move to Hellas Verona in Italy, but so far, this signing is the only transaction confirmed by club officials.

After stoking some goalkeeper controversy in the preseason, Knighton served as the club's primary backup for most of 2014. He appeared in the 18-man squad in all but one regular season game, and started two matches in league play.

He was also the Revs' starting keeper in the U.S. Open Cup, appearing in all three matches.

Knighton actually made his league debut with the Revolution back in 2009 after originally signing with the club in 2007, but left Foxboro in the 2009 Expansion Draft to join the Philadelphia Union. He went 3-3-1 with two shutouts that season in Philly.

In 2011, Knighton moved to the Carolina Railhawks of NASL and turned in an NASL Best XI season. That secured him a return to MLS, where he featured heavily for the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2012 before being traded back to the Revs.

Knighton must still contend with incumbent starter Bobby Shuttleworth, who was protected in this season's Expansion Draft.