The Oklahoma City Energy FC has acquired former Seattle Sounders midfielder Andy Craven from USL side FC Cincinnati in exchange for Danish forward Danni Konig.
Craven, 25, previously played with the OKC Energy during the 2016 USL season after being cut from Major League Soccer side Seattle Sounders FC. The former North Carolina Tar Heel made nine appearances and played 588 minutes as he helped Jimmy Nielsen’s side to a playoff spot. Opting to not stay with the Energy during this recent offseason, Craven elected to join FC Cincinnati. He would appear in three matches for Cincinnati before being handed a four-match suspension following an incident during his side’s 1-0 loss to Bethlehem Steel on April 29. Due to this punishment, Craven will not compete in USL play until June 3 when the Energy take on the Colorado Switchbacks.
Although the Energy were able to bring home a familiar face, they will be seeing one of their greatest strikers move away. Danni Konig played in 58 matches during his tenure with the Energy, scoring 25 goals, which makes him the franchise’s top scorer. Konig’s most memorable season was during the 2015 USL season where he scored 21 goals during the campaign only to become runner-up in the golden boot race to then-Louisville City FC striker Matt Fondy.
“First, thanks to Danni for his hard work during his time in Oklahoma City,” said OKC Energy head coach Jimmy Nielsen. “He’s been a part of Energy FC’s efforts both on and off the pitch. I wish him the best of luck in Cincinnati.”
He added, “I’m excited to have Andy back on our roster. From the first time I saw him play, he’s a player that caught my eye. I know he’s hungry to be back in OKC and play to the level that we know he can play.”