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Knighton the third Whitecap to be named POTW in last four weeks

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So, your club hasn’t exactly given you a vote of confidence — it has given a hotshot Danish keeper a contract, and pretty well every follower of the team expects him to replace you in goal.

How do you respond?

If you’re Brad Knighton, you turn the arrival of Danish keeper David Ousted into a motivational tool, and put together some of the best performances of your MLS career. Knighton did his part to thicken the Vancouver Whitecaps’ goalkeeping controversy this week, as his performances earned him MLS Player of the Week honours, He becomes the third Whitecap in four weeks to be voted the Player of the Week by the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters. Forwards Kenny Miller and Camilo preceded Knighton as award winners.

After making a couple of saves to help the Whitecaps to a 1-1 draw at Sporting Kansas City in midweek, Knighton then came up with one of the top goalkeeping performances in the Whitecaps’ MLS history on Saturday night. In a 2-0 win over Seattle, the Whitecaps’ first win over a Cascadia rival in MLS, Knighton made a series of sensational saves. He made a one-handed stab to rob Zach Scott off a set piece. And, his double-save on Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins saw him dash out of goal to make the first stop, then scramble across the box to get a piece of the second shot.

How The 11 voted: Knighton. Yes, there are rubs on him — when it comes to his stewardship of the backline or his command of the box. But Knighton has clearly been inspired by the news of Ousted’s arrival. He got the vote this week, and you can’t ignore that he chose the Cascadia rivalry match for the best game of his MLS career.

 

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