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Vancouver adds an MLS-experienced keeper in Knighton

The Vancouver Whitecaps have announced the acquisition of goalkeeper Brad Knighton from the Carolina Railhawks of the North American Soccer League second division. Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Brad is a solid 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."

Prior to joining the Railhawks, Knighton spent four seasons in MLS, three with the New England Revolution and one with the then expansion Philadelphia Union. He registered eight appearances for the Union in 2009, with three wins, three losses and one draw.

"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, 26, was a four-year starter at University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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