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FC Cincinnati Sends Craven to OKC Energy for König

In a move first reported by Nipun Chopra (@NipunChopra7) on SocTakes.com, FCC will be receiving OKC Energy FC Forward Danni König (KUH-neg) in exchange for suspended Forward Andy Craven.

In the press release issued by FC Cincinnati, Coach Alan Koch commented on the swap. “In this business, sometimes you have to give something up, to gain something somewhere else. We thank Andy for his contributions this season and truly wish him well with Oklahoma City. We are also very excited to add a proven USL goal-scorer to our squad. It is not very often you get presented with an opportunity to bring in a player who recently scored over 20 goals in the league. We look forward to giving Danni a fresh start in his career and also working with him to be successful within our team. He can be used in isolation up front or in tandem with one of our other attacking options.”

König is a big body who fits the mold of Djiby standing at 6’2″. The Danish Forward has an impressive resume with 58 professional goals in 188 appearances between teams in Norway, Denmark and the US. In his tenure with OKC, König has notched 26 goals in 61 appearances. His stats in 2016 dropped off significantly to 4 goals and 4 assists from 22 goals in 2015.

Rumors out of OKC were that Coach Jimmy Nielsen had been looking to replace the 30 year old König and this could mean his time there had run out.

The real surprise in this trade saga was that FC Cincinnati would part ways with Andy Craven. The 25 year old had struggled to find playing time in the squad and looked to fill a big role with the suspension of Djiby Fall. However, one week after Fall was suspended, Craven earned himself a red on a reckless challenge in Bethlehem.

Craven returns to OKC after spending the last half of the 2016 season there. His time in Cincinnati will be looked at as a disappointment by many fans. While he didn’t score as a member of the orange and blue, he did leave a great impression in public and he gained many followers who will be interested in his future.

@BryanWeigel for @CincySoccerTalk

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