HARRISON, N.J. (Dec. 13, 2013) – The New York Red Bulls announced today that they have acquired former U.S. national team midfielder Bobby Convey, as well as Toronto FC’s natural 2014 MLS SuperDraft second-round selection (22nd overall). In exchange, New York sent its natural 2014 MLS SuperDraft first-round pick (15th overall) and its 2016 first-round Supplemental Draft pick to Toronto FC.
A three-time MLS All-Star, Convey was added to New York’s roster after agreeing to terms on a new MLS contract.
“Bobby is a very experienced player who we believe can make an immediate impact on our squad,” said Red Bulls Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh. “We have been looking at him for some time, and he will add quality on the flanks. Bobby’s technical ability will certainly provide us an added dimension.”
Convey was acquired by Toronto FC during the 2013 season from Sporting Kansas City and went on to play 21 games for Toronto, scoring one goal and adding four assists. The 30-year-old started his professional career in 2000 with D.C. United at the age of 16, the youngest player to sign with Major League Soccer at the time. From 2000-04, Convey amassed 89 league appearances, notching eight goals and 16 assists, and was the fourth-leading vote-getter for the 2001 MLS All-Star Game at the age of 18.
Convey went on to play for English side Reading FC from 2004-09 and featured in 110 games, recording eight goals. At Reading, Convey helped his side earn promotion to the English Premier League after his club won the 2005-06 Football League Championship.
Convey returned to MLS in 2009, signing with the San Jose Earthquakes. The Philadelphia, Pa. native made consecutive All-Star teams in 2010 and 2011 while featuring in 75 games between 2009-11. In 2010, Convey tallied a career-high 10 assists and was named MLS Comeback Player of the Year.
Convey was a member of the U.S. men’s national team and part of the group that competed in the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany, playing in all three of the team’s matches. He has earned 46 caps, scoring one goal.
Weight: 150 pounds
Day of Birth: May 27, 1983 in Philadelphia, PA
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Previous Club: Toronto FC (MLS)
How Acquired: Acquired along with Toronto FC’s natural 2014 MLS SuperDraft second-round selection (21st overall) in exchange for New York’s natural 2014 MLS SuperDraft first-round pick (15th overall) and its 2016 first-round Supplemental Draft pick.