Toronto FC has acquired midfielder Bobby Convey from Sporting KC in exchange for a 2014 natural 3rd Round MLS SuperDraft pick (1st Round MLS Supplemental Draft), the team announced Thursday.
“This is a good mid-season deal for Toronto FC. We are in need of quality MLS players on our team and Bobby fits the bill perfectly,” said Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne. “I've known Bobby since he was a 16 year old rookie in MLS; and literally living in the basement of my home. He can be a very influential player in MLS and we look forward to him helping us move forward in the league.”
Convey, 29, is currently in his second season at Sporting KC and tenth in Major League Soccer (MLS). He has made 189 combined regular season and playoff appearances during his MLS career, totaling 14 goals and 33 assists in that time.
Convey began his professional career at D.C. United in 2000 at the age of 16 and spent five seasons with the club. He signed with English club Reading FC (Reading) ahead of the 2004-05 season. In five seasons with Reading, Convey made 110 appearances and registered eight goals. He was a member of Reading's 2005-06 Football League Championship winning side, which gained promotion into the English Premier League for the first time in club history.
Convey rejoined MLS ahead of the 2010 season after signing with the San Jose Earthquakes. He was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year in his first season back in the league; and remained with the Earthquakes until signing with Sporting KC ahead of the 2012 season. Convey has been named to the MLS All-Star team on three occasions during his career, the first coming in 2001 while at D.C. United and back-to-back appearances while at San Jose in 2010 and 2011.
Convey is a former member of the U.S. Men's National team. He earned 46 caps in his career, scoring one goal. Convey was part of the U.S. side at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.