While Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney were scoring goals, Brad Knighton was stopping them on the other side of the field.
On Saturday, Knighton made his fourth consecutive start between the pipes. The netminder was sensational against the Colorado Rapids, making two important stops to secure full points for the New England Revolution.
Knighton's first big moment came in 18th minute when he denied Dillion Powers. The close-range shot came just five minutes after the Revs had gained the lead, making it all the more important. Head coach Jay Heaps would later describe the play as "huge."
"I thought that the save in the first half on Dillon Powers was excellent," Heaps noted. "And it was a timely save. And it’s a save you need in a game where we need things to go our way. That goal, if they had come back, now it’s 1-1. Who knows what the next moment is."
Powers and Knighton would face off again in the second half with the Revs goalkeeper making another big stop. This time, Powers had eyes for the upper corner but Knighton tracked it all the way. It was a breath-taking save that will likely be up for an award on MLSSoccer.com.
Knighton's performance was widely talked about after the game. Juan Agudelo, who scored the Revs' first goal in 373 minutes, recognized that those two saves did a lot to increase the team's confidence.
"I think that was the key to the game, aside from my goal and Chris’ [Tierney] goal," Agudelo said. "I think he kept us in the game and to have a save like that and have everyone run to the keeper, the momentum, it’s something special for us."
Colorado also had high praise for Knighton with Pablo Mastroeni saying that the North Carolina native "trumped us on one or two of them." The Rapids coach would go one to say that the first save set the tone for the first half.
So, what does Knighton credit for his big night? To him, it's about focusing on the small things on a daily basis.
"For me, it’s just trying to keep the ball out of the net," Knighton remarked. "Do the small things well. Not trying to do anything too sporadic, but do the small things well and try and lead this team from the back."