Whitecaps deal Knighton to Revolution

The New England Revolution said goodbye to longtime goalkeeper Matt Reis, who retired Wednesday, but are welcoming back a former Rev via trade.
The New England Revolution have turned to a familiar face to help replace longtime starting goalkeeper Matt Reis.

The Revs have acquired goalkeeper Brad Knighton from the Vancouver Whitecaps, sources confirmed to Goal USA on Wednesday. Details of the deal are expected to be made public later Wednesday.

Knighton started his pro career with the Revolution in 2007, spending parts of four seasons with the club before joining the Philadelphia Union via the expansion draft. After a stint in the NASL with the Carolina Railhawks, Knighton joined Martin Rennie with Vancouver, where he enjoyed some solid stints as the Whitecaps' starting goalkeeper.

The 28-year-old most recently started for Vancouver in the middle of the 2013 season before being unseated by David Ousted, a move that coincided with Vancouver's late-season collapse.

Knighton started 11 matches for Vancouver in 2013, registering a 6-3-2 record in those matches. He now joins a New England team that also features Bobby Shuttleworth, who started 22 matches for New England in 2013.

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