In a move that has sparked much speculation, Sporting Kansas City has traded left wing Bobby Convey to Toronto FC for a third round draft pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
On the surface it seems like a simple trade because Convey had not been playing much this season anyway. He has started two games and logged only 122 minutes this season, and with the returns of Kia Kamara from the English Premier League as well as Teal Bunbury and Jacob Peterson there simply wasn’t enough room for Convey on the roster.
But there are two pieces of information out there that make this move more interesting than what it says on the surface.
First, Convey salary estimate for this season was $210,ooo which is enough to make him one of the highest paid players on the team. While the MLS salary cap rules are a bit complicated, the short of it is that this moves opens up enough cap space for Sporting to add a significant player should Sporting choose to do so.
Basically, Sporting was able to trade a piece they were unable to use because of their depth at the position and turn it into an opportunity to add a quality player later this season should the opportunity arise.
Second, there is this tweet from owner Robb Heineman Wednesday:
Some pretty good player stuff starting to swirl….lots of foreign interest in SKC.
— Robb Heineman (@RobbHeineman) May 15, 2013
This certainly doesn’t mean a big named player is bound for Sporting, but the trade of Convey does allow Kansas City to make such a move should the opportunity arise.
As for Convey, the trade comes with some disappointment due to his form and injuries. Convey started in all three games in the first round of the 2006 World Cup for Team USA at the age of 23 and many had him pegged as a future star. But he has been on the decline ever since, dropping down the national team order in 2009 and finding himself released from Reading (England) and San Jose (MLS) before signing with Kansas City in 2011. Convey scored just one goal and had two assists in his time with KC.
Now, he’s been traded for a third round pick and is in need of a career revival.