For many Toronto FC supporters, Warren Creavalle is at the top of the list when it comes to the right back issue this year. Played as a fullback to start the season, teams were visibly attacking his side of the park all game long as it became clear that he was the weakest link in an already weak backline.
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In truth, however, it didn't matter who Toronto put at rightback this season, save for a short period where Justin Morrow played there while Ashtone Morgan played leftback. To a man every single Toronto rightback this season was a failed experiment with Mark Bloom out due to injury.
Whenever Creavalle played in a position that wasn't the cursed right back position, however, he looked pretty solid. As a decent utility player in this league he looked far more comfortable in the midfield, but at the end of the day there were stil far better options.
This led Toronto to deal Creavalle to the Philadelphia Union in early August for a second round pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. He would go on to play the rest of the season with the Union, before they declined his option at the end of 2015. He is now without a club, but could return to the Union as they are rumoured to be in contract talks.
With Toronto FC he played in 14 games, scoring a single goal in that time. He was also sent off once. He would not get much playing time with the Union, appearing in only five MLS games after making the move south of the border. He would, however, record an assist.
At only 25 years of age, Creavalle's future is interesting. He can play a variety of positions, although none of them good enough to be a regular starter at this point. Nonetheless, this is valuable piece to have, but makes a lot for what he brings to the table at $119,000 in guaranteed compensation. It is no surprise, then, that the Union are trying to re-negotiate.
Overall in his career, Creavalle has played in 83 regular season games, finding the most success when he was a member of the Houston Dynamo. Between Houston, Toronto and Philadelphia he has scored 5 goals and added 3 career assists.
While being a utility player is beneficial in a cap league, Creavalle will likely have to pick a position and start mastering it if he wants to make the lineup consistently in Philadelphia. From what was evident in his time in Toronto, he has the ability to be decent wide midfielder who is actually fairly good in front of goal if given the chance.
Creavalle has a career 43.8 shots on goal percentage so shooting the ball more, and being in a position that allows him to do so, might not be a bad idea. He had perfect shot accuracy in 2014, albeit with just three shots, one of which found the back of the net for Toronto FC against the Montreal Impact.
With Steven Beitashour now in the fold, and Mark Bloom back healthy, Creavalle and the related Toronto FC rightback problems are hopefully far in the rearview mirror for Toronto FC. But the frustration of watching him get beat time and time again will live long in the memory.