Date of birth
United States international with 46 caps, Bobby Convey started his career at Bradenton Academy, a year-round footballing campus located in the heart of the USA.
Alongside Convey at the Academy were future USA international’s Landon Donovan, Oguchi Onyewu and DaMarcus Beasley, the four all a part of the squad who finished fourth in the 1999 U17s World Cup in New Zealand.
His professional club career started with D.C United when he was drafted by the Major League Soccer team in 2000, and on signing he became the youngest player ever to be contracted by an MLS Club. He went on to make 89 appearances for the side, all starts, before looking to make a move to England in the summer of 2003.
Having been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and a $3 million fee, the deal stalled after failing to obtain a work permit. This came in favour of the Royals as a year later we were able to obtain the American’s signature for a £900,000 fee, the highest fee at the time paid for a Reading star.
He was out of form for much of his first season only making seven starts, however that soon changed. Convey netted his first Royals’ goal in a 5-0 win against Millwall, and that superb solo run was then added to when a curling free-kick found the back of the net – a brace that aided Steve Coppell’s side to all three points.
He would go on to score five more goals in 41 appearances as we were crowned Championship front-runners with a record breaking 106 points. Unfortunately for the winger he missed a vast majority his first Premier League season after undergoing a knee operation. Convey returned to fitness in July 2007, playing 20 times in the top flight before the club were relegated on the final day of the season.
After being released in 2009, the Pennsylvania-born winger returned to the MLS with San Jose Earthquakes winning the MLS Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2010, playing a number of games at left-back. He had a short spell with Sporting Kansas City and Toronto FC before ending his career with New York Red Bulls in 2014.