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FC Buffalo head coach Brendan Murphy has plucked standout midfielder Rich Craven from the UB Bulls for the Summer of 2013.

“I am excited to have Rich Craven on the team,” Murphy said. “He is a complete player with a real football brain. Reads the game at a high level, loves to play one- and two-touch soccer and has the ability to score from outside and inside the eighteen yard box. Another great addition to this squad.”

Former UB captain Anthony Johnson is set to join the squad as well. The track and field state-record holder is a threat regardless of position and tormented high school teams during a victorious career under Dick White and then Rolfe Friedenberg at Kenmore East.

“AJ is quite possibly the best athlete we will see anywhere throughout the league,” Murphy said. “His size, strength, speed and ball winning ability are going to be a huge asset for our team this season.”

Murphy said he’s been extremely pleased at the relationship he’s developed with new UB head coach Stu Riddle, who was hired in Amherst in January after a string of solid seasons at Western Michigan.

“It’s really great to have the support of Coach Stu Riddle as he has been instrumental in helping us to sign Rich for the summer,” Murphy said.

Season tickets remain on sale. FC Buffalo kicks off our season on Friday, May 10.

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