FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – One minute Brad Knighton was watching the action unfold from the sidelines. The next he was sprawling to his left to save a free kick from Wayne Rooney.
Such was the job required of Knighton on Saturday night – coincidentally enough, “Star Wars Night” at Gillette Stadium, featuring a Brad “Jedi” Knighton bobblehead giveaway – called upon to replace Matt Turner in the 58th minute after the New England Revolution’s starter was sent off for clattering into Rooney.
“That’s the nature of our position – you’ve got to be ready at a moment’s notice,” said Knighton.