POLL: Knighton waived, is it a good move?

Posted on 26 January 2011 by Breton Bonnette

Photo credit, Terry McLaughlin, ASN Philly

Another move from the Philadelphia Union technical staff that came to no surprise for some but certainly baffled others. The answer to why Brad Knighton had not reported to training camp, which started Monday, was now clear. The owner of the Union’s first ever clean sheet is not in Piotr Nowak’s cards as the turnover of last season’s goalkeeping core is now complete. Brian Perk waived mid to late last season, Chris Seitz lost in the first ever Re-Entry Draft, and now Brad Knighton. Enter Faryd Mondragon, 39-year old Bundesliga vet, and his newly appointed protege, rookie Zac MacMath.

A 25-year old keeper making peanuts in Major League Soccer and with a little bit of first-team experience should have no trouble finding a job. In fact, there is word he already has interest. The attention, however, now turns to whether or not Mondragon and MacMath can carry the load this season. With a 30-player roster, many wonder why he couldn’t have been placated and kept on the roster. Did he want out?

As for further paring of last year’s roster, another training camp absentee is Eduardo “Chacho” Coudet. The journeyman has reportedly been garnering interest in his home country of Argentina and there’s a good chance we won’t see him returning to the Zolos for 2011.

The former Union players list is starting to get relatively long…(see our Profiles section).

Union fans, as always, please share your thoughts below!

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. Bluetooner Says:

    Being honest – best move for all. He may be able to go elsewhere and play more games – McMath was going to get the reserve game starts, and Mondragon the 1st team starts. Knighton is too good to sit on the bench non-stop.

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