Saturday, August 08, 2015

Union trade for D Creavalle

CHESTER, Pa.  – The Philadelphia Union have acquired defender Warren Creavalle from Toronto FC in exchange for a second round draft pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft.

Creavalle, 24, was originally the No. 37 pick in the '12 SuperDraft by the Houston Dynamo. He made 54 appearances for Houston in three years before getting traded to Toronto FC for the No. 1 spot in the MLS allocation rankings on July 23 of last year.

Since joining Toronto, Creavalle has played in 24 games, making 15 starts, while scoring two goals. In his MLS career, he has five career goals in 78 appearances.

“Warren’s versatility will be a great addition to our group,” Union technical director Chris Albright said. “He’s a young player who has played a lot of games in our league and we look forward to him contributing immediately.”

In '15, Creavalle played and started each of Toronto’s first four games at right back. In all, he’s made 14 appearances with eight starts this season. He scored the game-winning goal against San Jose Earthquakes on May 30 during a 3-1 win and Toronto has gone 7-5-2 in games he’s played. The versatile fullback also has experience playing defensive midfielder.

In college, Creavalle appeared in 73 career games and recorded eight goals and 10 assists. He played two years at Furman University before transferring to the University of Central Florida. At UCF, he was a Third-Team All-American selection in 2010 and was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watch list heading into his senior season.

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