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MLS: Sporting Kansas City Acquires Bobby Convey from San Jose

Alan Hainkel@@fntncitysoccerContributor IDecember 2, 2011

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 13:  Bobby Convey #11 of the San Jose Earthquakes in action against the Colorado Rapids at Buck Shaw Stadium on August 13, 2011 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Sporting Kansas City announced today they had acquired Bobby Convey from the San Jose Earthquakes. In exchange, the Earthquakes will receive an international roster spot.

Convey, 28, has played for the United States national team, including in the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and joins Sporting Kansas City having played in San Jose for the last three years. He was named an MLS All-Star in 2010 and 2011 and has scored 11 goals to go along with 35 assists in 164 MLS matches.

In a press release, Sporting Kansas City manager Peter Vermes highlighted why he thought Convey would do well with his new team.

“Bobby Convey has been a difference-maker in this League for many years, with experience at the highest levels of soccer,” Vermes said. “His competitiveness and attacking qualities stand out and we feel that he can thrive within the culture created at Sporting Kansas City. We are very excited to welcome Bobby to our club.”

A native of Philadelphia, Convey became the youngest player to ever sign with MLS at the age of 16 before the 2000 season. He appeared in 72 matches for DC United before the age of 21, earning not only a starting role with his club team but also his first appearance for the national team at the age of 18.

In the press release about the trade, Convey said he's looking forward to playing in Kansas City.

“I am very excited to link up with my new club and teammates,” Convey said. “The fans in Kansas City are extremely supportive of the team and create a great atmosphere in the new stadium. The team proved last year they are a good team that can win a bunch of games and I hope I can add to that success.”

SANTA CLARA, CA - AUGUST 6: Jeremy Hall #17 of the Portland Timbers battles for the ball with Bobby Convey #11 of the San Jose Earthquakes during an MLS soccer game at Buck Shaw Stadium on August 6, 2011 in Santa Clara, California. The game ended in a 1-1
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Based on his quality performances for United and the national team, Convey began drawing interest from clubs in Europe and eventually moved to Reading FC of the Football League Championship in England. Convey enjoyed a breakout season in 2005, pushing Reading to the Championship title and promotion to the English Premier League.

Since returning to MLS in 2009, Convey has played any position on the left flank and has even featured in the central midfield for San Jose.

Initially known for his midfield play, Convey drew rave reviews for his performance as a left back in the Earthquakes' unlikely push to the Eastern Conference final in 2010, a run that included a two-goal performance against the New York Red Bulls in the semifinals. He tied for the league lead in game-winning assists and was also named the MLS Comeback Player of the Year.

At the youth international level, Convey was part of the US squad that reached the semifinals of the 1999 FIFA Under-17 World Championship in New Zealand. The team also included current national team regulars Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu, and DaMarcus Beasley. Convey earned his first full international cap a year later, entering the game as a sub against Mexico.

Convey not only served as captain of the US Under-20 team at the 2003 World Youth Cup in the United Arab Emirates, he also joined the full national team for the Confederations Cup in France.

In 2006, Bruce Arena included Convey on his 23-man roster for the FIFA World Cup in Germany. Convey played in all three group games, starting against the Czech Republic and Italy, serving in the free kick that led to the tying goal against the eventual World Champions. Convey currently has 46 caps for the United States.

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