December 12, 2016
PROTECTING THEIR CROPPER
Revolution's Knighton, Shuttleworth available for Expansion Draft
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Revolution left veteran goalkeepers Brad Knighton and Bobby Shuttleworth off the protected list for Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft, the team announced Monday.
Knighton started 13 games and Shuttleworth had 20 starts last season, both apparently becoming expendable by the late-season acquisition of Cody Cropper, who started the final game.
This is the second time Knighton has been left off the protected list by the Revolution, having been selected by the Philadelphia Union in 2009. That year, the Revolution protected starting goalkeeper Matt Reis, who was facing surgery and would miss much of the 2010 season. The gamble failed to pay off for the Revolution, who then made a deal to acquire current New York Red Bulls goalkeeper coach Preston Burpo, who sustained a career-ending injury 11 games into the season.
Also left unprotected were starting defenders Jose Gonçalves, Je-Vaughn Watson and London Woodberry.
A total of 13 Revolution players were protected: forward Juan Agudelo, forward Teal Bunbury, Cropper, midfielder Diego Fagundez, defender Andrew Farrell, forward Kei Kamara, midfielder Gershon Koffie, midfielder Xavier Kouassi, midfielder Lee Nguyen, midfielder Kelyn Rowe, defender Chris Tierney, plus midfielders Scott Caldwell and Zachary Herivaux, automatically protected as Homegrown players.
Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC will participate in the draft starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday.
MLS Expansion Draft: New England Revolution
Protected Player List (11)
Juan Agudelo – Forward
Teal Bunbury – Forward
Cody Cropper – Goalkeeper
Diego Fagundez – Midfielder
Andrew Farrell – Defender
Kei Kamara – Forward
Gershon Koffie – Midfielder (INT)
Xavier Kouassi – Midfielder (INT)
Lee Nguyen – Midfielder
Kelyn Rowe – Midfielder
Chris Tierney – Defender
Automatically Protected (2)
Scott Caldwell – Midfielder
Zachary Herivaux – Midfielder