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Sacramento Republic should sign former Seattle Sounders forward Andy Craven

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Republic need forwards and they need goals. He’s a forward and he scores goals. What’s not to love?

MLS: U.S. Open Cup-Seattle Sounders 2 at Real Salt Lake Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

After jettisoning Thomas Stewart to the NASL’s Ottawa Fury and losing Adam Jahn thanks to a trade by the San Jose Earthquakes, Sacramento Republic FC have suddenly found themselves fairly thin at forward. There are currently only three healthy forwards on the team’s roster, Harry Williams, who is actually playing with a broken hand, Mackenzie Pridham, and Cameron Iwasa.

Although the Republic has not done a terrible job scoring goals so far this season - Iwasa leads the team with seven and Pridham is third with two - Paul Buckle has recently said that he is still looking to sign at least one other forward.

What luck, then, that the Seattle Sounders just waived forward Andy Craven, who would no doubt help the Republic with their goal scoring problem.

Craven recorded five goals and five assists in 14 games with Seattle Sounders 2 last season, playing well enough to earn himself a first team contract with the Sounders. However, a season-ending knee injury put a stop his MLS career after just three appearances.

Craven was back with Sounders 2 this season and recorded three goals and two assists in 16 games.

Republic fans might know Craven for his exploits with S2, specifically his goal against the Republic during the 2015 season opener at Starfire Stadium.

Craven might not be putting up league MVP-caliber numbers, but he is definitely a quality forward at the USL level and could help to kick-start the Republic offense in the final third of the season.

Do you think that Republic should sign Andy Craven? Are there any other late additions to the roster you’d like to see? Sound off in the comments below.