Player Details


Brad Knighton




6' 2"


181 lbs

Date of Birth

2.6.1985 (36)


Hickory, NC USA



Position Detail


Preferred Side




Roster Category

2021 MLS Regular Season
2021 MLS Regular Season


Career Summary

Updated June 28, 2021


  • 15-year pro in second stint with New England and 11th MLS campaign with the club.
  • Has posted a 27-25-20 career record with 13 shutouts across 75 MLS appearances and 72 starts.
  • First signed with New England as an undrafted free agent out of UNC-Wilmington in 2007, and owns a 15-16-14 record with the Revs.
  • Started four of five matches in the Revs’ run to the 2016 U.S. Open Cup Final, recording 18 saves and 1.20 goals-against average in the tournament.
  • Played for the Philadelphia Union (2010) and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2012-13), helping the Whitecaps reach the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in club history.
  • Inducted into UNC-Wilmington Athletic Hall of Fame in January 2018.

MLS CAREER: Veteran goalkeeper currently in second stint and 11th season with New England…Entering 14th MLS season and 15th campaign as a professional…Originally signed with the Revolution in 2007 as an undrafted free agent, before returning to the club in 2014…Spent time with the Philadelphia Union (2010) and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2012-13)…Career record stands at 27-25-20, and 15-16-14 in New England…MLS totals include 75 games played, 72 starts, 13 shutouts, 241 saves, 110 goals against, and one penalty kick save…Has made one postseason start with Vancouver…Made one league start in 2020…In 2019, made eight appearances with seven starts and posted a 1-3-4 record…Was available for 33 of 34 MLS matches in 2018 and made seven starts…In 2017, started six games with a 3-1-2 record…Started 13 games in the 2016 regular season, posting a 6-5-1 record…Started three games in 2015 and recorded one shutout…In 2014, made two starts with a 1-1-0 record…In 2013, started 11 games for Vancouver and collected two shutouts…Finished the year with a 6-3-2 record…Appeared in 10 games for Vancouver in 2012, starting eight times…Notched three shutouts on the year…Started eight games for Philadelphia in 2011 and recorded two shutouts…Started six games in 2009 and posted a 1-2-3 record.

2021: Has been available on bench for all eight matches of the season, but has not made an appearance…Remained sharp with two starts in USL League One with Revolution II.

2020: Made one start in net for New England…Available on bench for all of the remaining 22 games and every postseason match…(3/7) vs. CHI: Recorded five saves and allowed one goal in the 1-1 draw, the club’s home opener.

2019: Recorded eight appearances and seven starts for a 1-3-4 record, with 16 saves...Opened the season as the starting goalkeeper for first time in MLS career…Played 30 minutes against English Premier League side Chelsea FC in Final Whistle on Hate charity match on May 15…Signed a new contract with the club on Aug. 23…(3/2) at DAL: Registered two saves in the season opener, a 1-1 draw…Marked first season-opening start of 12-year MLS career…(3/9) vs. CLB: Started and made two saves…(3/17) at TOR: Made 40th career appearances with New England…Also eclipsed 6,000 career regular-season minutes played…(3/24) vs. CIN: Made 70th career MLS appearance…(5/25) vs. DC: Played 32 minutes as a substitute following a red card to Matt Turner…Registered two saves in relief…(6/2) at LA: Recorded first win of the season in the 2-1 away victory…(6/29) vs. PHI: Made a second consecutive league start and registered three saves in the 1-1 draw.

2018: Made seven starts in league play…Started seven of the club’s final eight matches… Available on the bench for 33 of 34 MLS matches as the backup goalkeeper, only missing one game due to a personal matter…Started and played 90 minutes in U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round match at Louisville on June 5, recording four saves…Inducted into UNC-Wilmington Athletic Hall of Fame in January…(9/5) at NYC: Made season debut and recorded six saves in 1-0 shutout win…(9/15) at LAFC: Recorded five saves in 1-1 draw in inaugural match against LAFC…(9/29) at TOR: Made season-high seven saves in 4-1 loss at Toronto FC…(10/13) vs. ORL: Made three saves in 2-0 home win over Orlando City.

2017: Made six starts in league play…Started each of club's final three matches…Totaled 33 appearances in the 18-man match day squad, only missing one match due to a concussion…Started all three U.S. Open Cup matches, recording a combined eight saves…Wore captain's armband for the first time in career in Round of 16 match vs. D.C. United…(5/31) at NYC: Made season debut and recorded three saves in a 2-2 draw…(7/22) vs. LA: Started and notched 10th Revolution win…Submitted three saves in the 4-3 victory…(9/30) vs. ATL: Recorded two saves in first league shutout of the season in a scoreless draw…(10/15) vs. NYC: Made one save and earned second win of the season in 2-1 victory…(10/22) vs. MTL: Registered a season-high seven saves and earned consecutive wins in 3-2 triumph…Named to Team of the Week and nominated for Save of the Week.

2016: Voted Players’ Player of the Year by teammates after making a career-high 13 starts for the Revolution…Started nine straight MLS contests from Aug. 20 through Oct. 16, the longest stretch of Revolution career…Recorded two shutouts on the season…Earned seven Santander Man of the Match awards as well as Man of the Month honors for both June and September…Made four U.S. Open Cup appearances, recording 18 saves and a 1.20 goals against average in the tournament…Won Phillips 66 MLS Save of the Week twice…Recorded shutout in season debut against the Carolina RailHawks on June 15…Started and led New England to its U.S. Open Cup Quarterfinal win against the Philadelphia Union on July 20…Made two saves in the deciding penalty shootout to lift Revs to victory…Posted four saves en route to Open Cup Semifinal win over the Chicago Fire on Aug. 9…(6/18) at VAN: Made 2016 MLS debut and recorded three saves in the 2-1 road victory…Recognized as Santander Man of the Match…(6/25) at DC: Named Santander Man of the Match for a second straight game…(7/2) at MTL: Made three saves in third start of the 2016 campaign…(7/9) vs. CLB: Picked up second win of the season, making season-high four saves in 3-1 win…(8/20) vs. CLB: Started and notched four saves…Named Santander Man of the Match for third time in the campaign…(8/24) at SJ: Recorded ninth career shutout and second with the Revolution…(9/3) vs. COL: Recorded two saves in second shutout of the season…Won MLS Save of the Week for save in the 60th minute…(9/10) vs. NYC: Earned second consecutive win…Made fifth consecutive start for first time in Revolution career…(9/17) at MTL: Backstopped Revs to third consecutive League win…Earned MLS Save of the Week nomination…(9/25) at CLB: Tied Revolution single-game high in saves with seven…Won MLS Save of the Week for fingertip save on Justin Meram in the 30th minute...(10/1) vs. SKC: Earned sixth League win of the season.

2015: Made three starts and posted a 1-1-1 record with a 2.00 goals against average…Served as backup goalkeeper in 31 matches…Made one appearance in the U.S. Open Cup…Loaned to the Richmond Kickers on June 10…Recorded six saves for the Kickers in a 1-1 draw with the Charleston Battery…(4/20) at SKC: Started in the 4-2 loss…(7/18) vs. NYC: Started in a 1-0 win and recorded three saves to register first shutout as a member of the Revs…Became the 11th goalkeeper in club history to start 10-or-more games for the club…(7/25) at CHI: Started in 2-2 draw and registered a season-high four saves.

2014: Made two starts and posted a 1-1-0 record… Started all three of the club’s U.S. Open Cup matches, earning wins over Richmond and Rochester in the fourth and fifth rounds before suffering a loss to Philadelphia in the quarterfinals…(5/17) at PHI: Started in the 5-3 win and recorded four saves…(6/28) vs. PHI: Started in the 3-1 loss…Made two saves.

2013 (with Vancouver Whitecaps FC): Made 11 starts and posted a 6-3-2 record with a 1.36 goals against average…Finished with two shutouts and recorded two assists…Recorded six wins, a career high and the most of any Vancouver goalkeeper during the 2011 season…Started all 11 games from May 18 to July 27, the longest consecutive games played stretch of career…Traded to New England on Dec. 11 in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2015 SuperDraft…(5/18) vs. POR: Made season debut in the 2-2 draw…(6/1) at NY: Recorded first win of the year in a 2-1 victory…(6/29) at DC: Posted first shutout in a 1-0 victory…(7/6) vs. SEA: Made a season-high seven saves en route to second shutout in the 2-0 victory…Recorded the first assist of MLS career on Darren Mattocks’ 79th minute goal…(7/14) vs. CHI: Recorded the second assist of MLS career on Camilo Sanvezzo’s 66th minute goal in 3-1 victory.

2012 (with Vancouver Whitecaps FC): Signed by the Whitecaps on Jan. 17, following head coach Martin Rennie to Vancouver from the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks…Made 10 appearances, including eight starts, and posted a 3-3-3 record with a 0.81 goals against average…Helped Whitecaps FC reach the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time in club history…Posted a career-high three shutouts…Started eight matches from Sept. 1 to Oct. 27…(3/17) vs. CHV: Made Whitecaps FC debut in a substitute appearance to replace an injured Joe Cannon in the 1-0 victory…(7/27) at RSL: Made second substitute appearance in a 2-1 defeat…(9/1) at LA: Made first start of 2012 season…Posted a season-high six saves in the 2-0 loss…(9/29) vs. SEA: Recorded first shutout with Vancouver in a scoreless draw…(10/3) vs. CHV: Recorded second shutout in the 4-0 victory…(10/27) at RSL: Made three saves, posting the third shutout of the season in the team’s regular season finale…Postseason: (11/1) at LA: Made MLS Cup Playoffs debut and recorded five saves in the 2-1 loss in the Western Conference Knockout Round.

2010 (with Philadelphia Union): Selected by the Philadelphia Union in the MLS Expansion Draft…Started eight games and posted a 3-3-1 record with a 1.10 goals against average…Recorded two shutouts...Played in three of Philadelphia’s eight wins on the year…Made seven consecutive starts to conclude the regular season…Played 180 total minutes without allowing a goal in friendlies against Celtic (SCO), Manchester United (ENG), and Club Deportivo (Chivas) Guadalajara (MEX)…(8/8) at DAL: Made Union debut and played 22 minutes before being replaced by Chris Seitz…(9/11) vs. CHI: Returned to the starting lineup…Made four saves for first career shutout in the 1-0 victory…(9/25) vs. CHV: Recorded two saves and posted second shutout in a 3-0 victory.

2009: Made six starts and posted a 1-2-3 record with a 2.33 goals against average…Made six-or-more saves in four of six starts…Appeared in the Revs’ Third Round U.S. Open Cup match against the Harrisburg City Islanders…Made tournament debut in a 2-1 loss…(3/28) at NY: Made MLS debut and recorded three saves in a 1-1 draw…(4/4) vs. DAL: Notched first career win, recording a career-high nine saves in 2-1 victory.

2008: Did not make an appearance with the first team during the regular season…Made four starts in the Reserve League and posted one clean sheet…Loaned to the Portland Timbers of the USL First Division (now USL) on July 2 and appeared in eight games with the club…Registered a 1-3-4 record and a 1.25 goals against average…Recalled from loan in mid-August following an injury to Matt Reis and finished the season with the Revs.

2007: Signed with the Revolution on March 7 after a strong preseason while on trial with the club as an undrafted college player…Did not make an appearance with the first team, but did play in six Reserve League games…Tallied a 2-3-0 record with one shutout and a 1.40 goals against average.

CLUB CAREER OUTSIDE OF MLS: Spent the 2011 season with the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks…Started 28 matches and helped lead Carolina to the regular season NASL championship…Recorded a 17-8-3 record and was named to the NASL Best XI…Posted eight shutouts.

COLLEGE (UNC-WILMINGTON): Member of UNC-Wilmington Athletic Hall of Fame…A two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Southeast Region and All-Colonial Athletic Association selection at UNC-Wilmington, playing under former Revolution goalkeeper Aidan Healey…Helped lead the Seahawks to the CAA Tournament four times…Started all but four games during collegiate career…As a senior, set a then-school record by registering a 0.83 goals against average to go along with 11 wins and six shutouts…Finished collegiate career ranked first in UNC-Wilmington history in shutouts (25) and goals against average (1.08), and fourth in career saves (295).

PERSONAL: Attended Mills E. Godwin High School in Richmond, Va. …He and his wife, Britney, have three children…Fan of University of North Carolina basketball and country music…Longtime friends with former New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski.