In the last year Andy Craven went from senior signing by MLS prior to the draft, to cut, to USL contract with S2 to 1st team contract to injured. Hidden within that rough transactional period was play that indicated the Hermann Trophy Finalist from University of North Carolina has MLS quality skills.
Rank: 28 | Age: 23 | Starts: 0 | Appearances: 3 for 67 minutes | Bench: 3 (all comps 1st team)
A prolific scorer in USL Craven showed that he has the on-ball skills to be a competent winger and the hold-up play to be a replacement level target man. He's able to pass, dribble and shoot. More than just a poacher, he's aggressive in moving towards goals. Has decent leaping ability and can be a target on set-pieces.
Sees turnovers as an opportunity to re-prove himself. Andy will quickly throw himself at the defense in order to get the ball back. Like most attacking players this is not about winning the ball, but forcing the ball on a specific route or a clearance to nowhere. Can provide help in dead-ball situations, but should not be marking a primary or secondary target.
Every part of how Craven applies his body is MLS ready. There is enough speed, strength, endurance and jumping ability to be in the league.
Best Case 2016:
Step one: get healthy. Step two: make the roster. Step three: show that he's the 4th best option at forward, even if Morris is here. Craven, like Morris, was a college stud. Most likely Andy gets sub minutes at right wing and forward.