Seattle Sounders FC 2 has signed forward Andy Craven, the club announced today. Craven was selected by Sounders FC in the Third Round (48th overall) in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. Per club policy, terms of the deal are not being disclosed.
“It’s great to have Andy finally signed with the team,” said S2 Head Coach Ezra Hendrickson. “He is a very good finisher who can play both up top and on the wings. He is versatile and will be a great asset with S2 moving forward.”
Craven, 23, most recently played with University of North Carolina, where he was a was tied for first in the country with 15 goals for the Tar Heels in 2014, including a nation-leading eight game-winners. In addition to being one of three finalists for the MAC Hermann trophy — given to the nation’s best player — the Georgia native was a 2014 All-ACC First Team and NSCAA All-America First Team selection. Craven recorded 21 goals and 11 assists in two seasons at North Carolina after spending his first two collegiate seasons at College of Charleston.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be here in Seattle. I’m looking forward to getting started,” said Craven. “It has been really easy to play with the guys out here. The players are some of the best I have ever played with and it makes it easy to play and combine.”
Craven and Hendrickson will be available to media following S2’s training session today at Starfire Sports during the club’s media access window, beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. PST. Members of the media interested in attending should contact Branden Griffith [BrandenG@SoundersFC.com] for more information, as specific times and locations are subject to change.
S2 opens its inaugural campaign on March 21 against defending USL Champion Sacramento Republic FC. Tickets to that match, as well as season ticket options – including all 14 regular season, post-season and S2 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup games – are available via sndrs.com/ut4w.
Transaction: Seattle Sounders FC 2 signs forward Andy Craven on March 11, 2015.
Name: Andy Craven
Born: January 21, 1992
Hometown: St. Simon’s Island, Georgia
Citizenship: United States
Acquired: Selected in Third Round (48th overall) in 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Signed with S2 March 10, 2015