Sounders FC 2 have made a third signing, adding forward Andy Craven to the inaugural roster, the team announced today.
"It's great to have Andy finally signed with the team," said S2 Head Coach Ezra Hendrickson. "He's 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 was a finalist for the 2014 Hermann Trophy after his 15-goal, 5-assist season with the University of North Carolina. His 15 goals were tied for the most in Division I. The Sounders picked him up in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft, and since then the 23-year-old has solidified his position in the preseason S2 lineup. He's been scoring at a regular clip and has shown positional flexibility within Hendrickson's 4-2-3-1.
"I couldn't be more excited to be here in Seattle. I'm looking forward to getting started," the rookie said. "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 is surely referencing several teammates, but there's one player whose service the TF/RW is definitely enjoying:
If you missed the scrimmage against @SeattleU_MSO last week, you missed an incredible goal. See it again: pic.twitter.com/1diXpr90b2— Seattle Sounders 2 (@SoundersFC2) March 9, 2015
That's the still unsigned Pablo Rossi feeding Craven, who volleys it to himself before scoring. If he continues to get service like that, look for him to light up the goal when S2's campaign starts on March 21.