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Vancouver keeper named MLS player of week

Vancouver goalkeeper Brad Knighton was voted MLS player of the week today, largely on the strength of his seven-save clean sheet against the Sounders on Saturday.

Knighton got my first-place vote, with my second going to Robbie Keane of LA.

Here's the news from MLS:

Vancouver Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Brad Knighton was voted Major League Soccer Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) for week 19 of the 2013 MLS season. In front of a season-high crowd of 22,500 at BC Place on Saturday, Vancouver Whitecaps FC earned their first win against Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC in MLS play. Brad Knighton played an outstanding game in the net, recording his second shutout in three matches and keeping the Whitecaps undefeated streak alive with the 2-0 victory. In the 22nd minute, Brad Knighton made the first of seven magnificent saves, when he pushed wide Eddie Johnson near post shot for a corner.

Just one minute later, Knighton made another spectacular save when he denied Seattle’s Zach Scott’s close-attempt on goal with a one-handed palm save from a corner kick. Knighton received a standing ovation in the 27th minute when he made consecutive saves to deny both Eddie Johnson and Obafemi Martins. The Whitecaps are back in action this Sunday, July 14, when they host the Chicago Fire at BC Place at 7:00 pm ET. The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from NASR. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media. More information and membership information can be found at http://www.soccerreporters.com/.

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