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Sporting KC trades Bobby Convey to Toronto for third-round draft pick

Updated: 2013-05-17T01:04:11Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Sporting Kansas City traded left wing Bobby Convey to Toronto FC on Thursday in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.

Convey, 29, had played only three games, including two starts, and logged only 122 minutes this season.

With Kei Kamara’s return from a three-month loan to Norwich City of the English Premier League — as well as Jacob Peterson’s return and Teal Bunbury expected to resume training within the month — Convey didn’t figure to see more minutes moving forward.

“We kind of have a plethora of guys in that area of the park right now,” Sporting KC manager/technical director Peter Vermes said.

Sporting KC acquired Convey for an international roster spot in a December 2011 trade with the San Jose Earthquakes. He scored one goal with two assists in 20 appearances, including the playoffs, with Sporting KC.

On Thursday, Sporting KC traded Convey for Toronto FC’s third-round pick, which is their first-round pick in the supplemental draft next year.

“They’ve contacted us two or three times over the course of the season, even back in the preseason up until now,” Vermes said of Toronto FC. “They came back to us really quickly this week, and we just felt like the time was right to make the move.”

Sporting KC currently has 25 players on its active roster with four players on loan to Orlando City SC, so the move gives the club flexibility to add a player.

On Wednesday, Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman tweeted that there was “lots of foreign interest in SKC,” so the Convey trade might prove to be the predecessor to a more impactful move.

“It gives us a roster spot going forward and also it gives Bobby a chance to somewhere where he can play,” Vermes said. “To have the roster spot open obviously helps as we move into this summer window.”

Zusi, Besler to national team

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi and defender Matt Besler were among 29 players picked by U.S. men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann for the latest team camp, which convenes May 26 in Cleveland.

Zusi and Besler, who both started in a historic 0-0 draw March 26 against Mexico in Azteca Stadium in the U.S. men’s last World Cup qualifier, will join the national team after Sporting KC’s home match May 26 against the Houston Dynamo.

It is the ninth national team camp for Zusi, who has become a staple for Klinsmann’s club, while Besler was called into camp for the fourth time despite missing the last three games with a sprained right MCL.

The four MLS goalkeepers selected — Houston’s Tally Hall, D.C. United’s Bill Hamid, Chicago’s Sean Johnson and Real Salt Lake’s Nick Rimando — will rotate through, leaving 26 players and three goalkeepers in camp at any given time.

Two goalkeepers from the English Premier League, Everton’s Tim Howard and Aston Villa’s Brad Guzan, also were invited to the camp, which is in preparation for a five-match flurry for the U.S. men.

It starts against Belgium on May 29 in Cleveland before the Centennial Celebration Match against Germany on June 2 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.

The final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup resumes June 7 when the U.S. plays at Kingston, Jamaica.

World Cup qualifying continues June 11 when the U.S. plays Panama at CenturyLink Field in Seattle followed by a showdown June 18 against Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com.

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