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Sporting KC acquires ex-USA international Bobby Convey

The offseason renovation of Sporting Kansas City continued Friday, when the club announced that it had acquired former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Bobby Convey from the San Jose Earthquakes for an international roster spot.

The 28-year old Convey, who participated in the 2006 World Cup, was named a MLS all-star for Earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. He can play the left flank at midfield, defense and forward and has accumulated 11 goals and 30 assists in 164 Major League Soccer appearances.

“Bobby Convey has been a difference-maker in this league for many years, with experience at the highest levels of soccer,” Sporting coach Peter Vermes said in a statement. “His competiveness and attacking qualities stand outwe are very excited to welcome Bobby to our club.”

“I am very excited to link up with my new club and teammates,” Convey said in a statement. “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.”

In exchange for Convey, San Jose will receive an international roster spot through 2012.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, sports reporter for The Star, call 816-234-4489 or email tpaylor@kcstar.com.

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