By DAN KARELL
Toronto FC general manager Kevin Payne still isn’t finished improving his squad.
Just days after signing two new players, Payne engineered a move to acquire winger Bobby Convey from Sporting Kansas City in exchange for a 2014 natural third round (first round supplemental draft) MLS SuperDraft selection.
The 29-year-old Philadelphia native had only made three appearances this season for SKC and with Kei Kamara’s return, his playing time opportunities were few and far between. Convey and Payne have history together, with Payne and D.C. United drafting the then 16-year-old Convey in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft.
“This is a good midseason deal for Toronto FC. We are in need of quality MLS players on our team and Bobby fits the bill perfectly,” said Payne in a statement on the club’s website. “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 played five seasons for D.C. United before spending four and a half years playing in the England with Reading. He returned to MLS in 2009, first with the Earthquakes for three seasons and then joining Sporting Kansas City before the start of last season. Convey also collected 46 caps in eight years with the U.S. National Team.
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