The Revolution re-acquired former goalkeeper Brad Knighton through a trade with Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Wednesday. Because Knighton was eligible for the re-entry process, which begins Thursday, the teams had a 5 p.m. Wednesday deadline to complete trades. Knighton also opted out of the re-entry process to facilitate the trade to his initial MLS team.
In exchange for Knighton, the Revolution traded a conditional pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft to Vancouver. Earlier Wednesday, Revloution goalkeeper Matt Reis announced his retirement from pro soccer after 16 seasons.
“We’re very pleased to be able to bring Brad back to the Revolution,” New England general manager Michael Burns said. “We rate Brad highly and we did not expect him to be available to us tomorrow with the 12th pick of the re-entry draft’s first round. We’re looking forward to him coming back to New England.”
Knighton, 28, re-joins the Revs after spending the past four seasons with Philadelphia, the Carolina Railhawks (NASL) and Vancouver. After beginning his MLS career in New England in 2007, he spent his first three professional seasons with the Revolution before Philadelphia selected him in the 2009 Expansion Draft, ahead of its inaugural season.
“My family and I couldn’t be more excited to be coming back to New England, where I began my career,” Knighton said. “I had three incredible years here and I couldn’t think of a better city, organization and team to return to. I can’t be happier this worked out.”
Vancouver declined Knighton’s 2014 contract option, making him available for the Re-Entry Process, but Knighton opted out of the Re-Entry Process to facilitate today’s trade.